Vaginal Dryness

What Causes Vaginal Dryness?

Vaginal dryness can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose vaginal dryness, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "vaginal dryness" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Low Estrogens

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
major unexplained weight gain
being very skinny
meal-related bloating
major reduction in breast fullness
mood swings during menstrual cycle
likely history of stress fractures
recent oily hair
severe facial burning/tingling
hot flashes between period
some health decline
difficulty conceiving children
low fat/oil intake
... and more than 10 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of vaginal dryness:
Cause Probability Status
Hormone Imbalance 95% Confirm
Low Estrogens 52% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate vaginal problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you experience vaginal dryness? It is usually associated with itching, burning and pain during sexual intercourse.
Possible responses:
→ Never had it / don't know
→ Probably had it/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of vaginal dryness or vaginal dryness, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Estrogens Low

The most common cause of vaginal dryness is lack of estrogen.

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