Vaginal Sensitivity

Vaginal sensitivity manifests as pain or sensitivity to touch in the intimate area, especially during intercourse. Learn more about the causes and treatment!

The most common causes of sensitivity and pain are irritation, infection and dryness.

Any sort of sensitivity and discomfort in the vaginal area can make us very uncomfortable and nervous, feeling that something is not quite right down there. Vaginal sensitivity manifests as pain or sensitivity to touch in the intimate area, especially during intercourse. These symptoms can also be accompanied by a few other discomforts including changes in discharge, vaginal itching, burning, swelling, redness, etc. The most common causes of sensitivity and pain are irritation, infection and dryness. The treatment differs depending on the cause.

Imbalance in vaginal flora

The vagina is covered by millions of good microbes, making up the vaginal flora. Once this delicate balance is disturbed and the good bacteria are reduced in numbers, yeast or harmful bacteria start to grow uncontrollably, causing itching and irritation. If you can’t resist the urge and start scratching the area, you could easily damage the skin and cause further irritation, swelling and pain. If you often suffer from yeast infections, try using a vaginal product that contains prebiotics such as Multi-Gyn FloraPlus. Prebiotic vaginal gels stimulate the growth of good bacteria and help rebalance the vaginal flora.

Vaginal dryness

Penetration without enough lubrication can damage the vaginal walls and other tissues in the intimate region, causing inflammation and pain. Dryness can be caused by hormonal changes during menopause, pregnancy, while breastfeeding or when using birth control. Allow enough time for foreplay so that the natural lubrication is stimulated. If you are suffering from vaginal dryness, try using a vaginal moisturizer as Multi-Gyn LiquiGel, or a lubricant. A moisturizer will provide you with a dryness-free feeling for several days and it can be used on everyday basis, while lubricants are intended to be used prior to having intercourse and will only provide relief for a short amount of time.

Menopause

When the estrogen levels drop, vaginal tissue loses its thickness, elasticity and natural lubrication. The result are thin walls that create a sandpaper-like feeling during penetration and can be easily damaged. This condition is called vaginal atrophy and it usually results in a loss of libido, since sex is uncomfortable and painful. As for vaginal dryness, the solution is in vaginal moisturizers and lubricants.

Irritation

Products that contain harsh chemicals, strong detergents, plain soap, fragrances, colorants or preservatives, can irritate the intimate area, cause swelling, soreness, burning and pain. Avoid this kind of products and choose products that are specially designed to be used around the vaginal area. These include intimate washes based on natural ingredients that contain mild detergents and won’t disturb vaginal pH value.

STDs

Some STDs could also cause sensitivity and pain in the pelvic region. In case you suspect you might have an STD, it is strongly advised to visit your gynaecologist.

If you are experiencing pain and sensitivity, try applying a cold compress which will relief and reduce irritation. Keep in mind that in order to get rid of pain and sensitivity, the main cause of discomfort needs to be resolved. If the sensitivity persists, visit your health care provider so that you can get appropriate treatment.

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