In the Know: Vaginal Dryness

Let’s talk about vaginal dryness. First, it’s more common than you think! Vaginal dryness has affected 70% of women at some point in their lives. And contrary to popular belief, menopause isn’t the only cause. Dryness can start as early as your 20s. (True!). Stress, birth control, antihistamines, childbirth, breastfeeding, and even dehydration can cause vaginal dryness. It may also be a symptom of vaginal atrophy, a condition in which vaginal tissues become thinner and more easily irritated. And what about sex? When your heart says "Yes" but your vagina says "No", it can interrupt the moment. Vaginal dryness doesn’t have to keep you from feeling like yourself or looking forward to intimacy.


The cause of vaginal dryness isn’t that cut and dry—a few things can affect your natural lubrication. These questions can help you learn what they may be.

Are you experiencing vaginal dryness?  


Staying hydrated is not only important for your overall care, it's also important for vaginal care and will help keep your skin lubricated. You can help prevent painful or uncomfortable intercourse by opening up to your partner and seeking out a dryness solution that works for you. In addition to foreplay, the right lubricant can help make intimacy more enjoyable for you both!


Fact: Your vaginal area has a lot of sweat glands. And we all know what happens when we sweat. Vaginal odor happens to all of us, but it shouldn’t stop you from doing you. So the next time you’re wondering if you’re the only fragrant woman in Pilates, know that you’re not and that there’s no shame in your game. When you do want a freshness solution, we’ll help you find one.

Dr. O “What is Vaginal Odor and is It Normal?”(2:08)

Gynecologist Dr. Althea O’Shaughnessy gets real about vaginal odor and its causes.

Is it normal for my vagina to have odor?

Yes. A million times yes. All vaginas have a unique scent, which can be made more pronounced by things like sex, sweating or having your period. Your nose will be able to tell you when your natural smell wears off.

Why does my vagina have a bad odor?

There’s no shame in asking! While yeast infections are not accompanied by a strong odor, Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) and Trichomoniasis (Trich) are. BV is a common infection caused by the overgrowth of natural bacteria that reside in the vagina and is often accompanied by itching, white-gray discharge and a strong, fishy odor. Trich is the most common, curable STD and is usually accompanied by itching, burning, redness and a frothy, yellow-green discharge. If you experience either of these symptoms, we recommend you consult your doctor.

Is vaginal odor serious?

That all depends. When your typical vaginal scent smells unusual or is accompanied by itching, burning or discharge, it could be the sign of an infection and a good time to consult your doctor or a healthcare professional. However, many harmless things can affect your scent like diet, medicine, sweat, fabric and hygiene. Regardless of its cause, odor is nothing to be ashamed of. We have plenty of solutions to help you feel confident!