Who should use vaginal lubricants?

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Vaginal lubricants provide immediate relief of vaginal dryness. This condition typically occurs in postmenopausal women, although inadequate lubrication can occur at any age. Vaginal dryness is caused by a number of factors, including:

• inadequate arousal before intercourse
• disorders of the immune system
• pregnancy and childbirth
• breastfeeding
• cigarette smoking
• high stress levels
• oophrectomy (a surgical removal of the ovaries)
• cancer treatments
• menopause. The decrease in estrogen hormones caused by menopause thins vaginal walls and is characterized by vaginal dryness.

If you think you can benefit from using a vaginal lubricant, there are a variety of products available. Make sure to check the ingredient label in case you may be allergic to an ingredient in the lubricant.

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