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How to Increase Vaginal Lubrication?

Mar 14, 2024

How to Increase Vaginal Lubrication?

Vaginal lubrication. It’s an interesting topic of discussion since we assume that if we’re young and active our lubrication will be ‘normal’, however that is not always the case. First off, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.  This happens to most of us and at different times of our lives. Vaginal dryness can be caused by a decrease in hormone levels, breastfeeding or some medications. 

Whether it’s through intercourse or solo pleasure sessions you may have encountered moments where you've felt discomfort during sexual intercourse or solo play with sex toys? There's no need to let vaginal dryness hinder your intimate experiences. 

In this article, we'll look into the science behind vaginal lubrication, discuss what causes vaginal dryness, and explore effective strategies for overcoming it. We'll also examine how external lubricants can provide relief and enhance your sexual pleasure, empowering you to reclaim your vaginal health and enjoy fulfilling intimate encounters.

The Science Behind Vaginal Lubrication

Whilst we can experience vaginal dryness when exercising and peeing, it also happens during intercourse and that’s what we will focus on today.  When aroused, you may notice a moist sensation around your vaginal area, commonly referred to as being "wet." This fluid is produced by the Bartholin glands, located near the opening of the vagina, and the Skene glands, located near the urethra. These glands produce extra lubrication during sexual arousal, enhancing comfort and pleasure during intercourse.

The amount of fluid produced by these glands can vary depending on factors such as age and hormone levels. Hormonal changes, such as those experienced during menopause, can affect our body's ability to produce lubrication during sexual activity. Understanding the science behind vaginal lubrication can help you navigate changes in your body and explore ways to enhance your sexual experience.

What is Vaginal Dryness?

Vaginal dryness occurs when the vaginal tissues are not adequately lubricated, typically due to a lack of sufficient natural lubrication produced by the hormonal glands. Low estrogen levels cause vaginal walls to become thin and dry. This is a common condition of menopause called vaginal atrophy. 

This condition can lead to various uncomfortable symptoms, including irritation, burning sensations, and pain during intercourse. 

Additionally, the lack of adequate lubrication can result in a loss of elasticity and thinning of the vaginal tissues, further exacerbating discomfort and increasing the risk of injury during sexual activity. It's important to address vaginal dryness promptly to alleviate symptoms and maintain vaginal health and comfort.

How Common is Vaginal Dryness?

Approximately 17% of individuals assigned female at birth (AFAB) between the ages of 18 to 50 encounter challenges related to vaginal dryness during sexual activity, a concern that may arise even before the onset of menopause. Moreover, statistics indicate that over half of AFAB individuals experience vaginal dryness following menopause. This highlights the prevalence of the issue across various age groups and underscores the importance of addressing it at different stages of life.

What are the Main Causes of Vaginal Dryness?

  • Vaginal dryness occurs due to reduced estrogen levels, leading to insufficient lubrication in the vaginal area. 
  • Estrogen, responsible for maintaining vaginal tissue health, regulates normal vaginal lubrication, tissue elasticity, and acidity.
  • Factors contributing to decreased estrogen levels include breastfeeding, childbirth, smoking, cancer therapies affecting ovarian function, immune disorders, menopause, perimenopause, oophorectomy, and anti-estrogen medications.
  • Other causes of vaginal dryness may include certain medical conditions or hygiene practices, such as douching, which disrupts the natural balance of vaginal flora.
  • Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disorder affecting moisture-producing glands, can also lead to vaginal dryness.
  • The use of allergy and cold medications may have drying effects on mucous membranes, potentially impacting vaginal moisture levels.
  • Understanding these various factors is crucial for effectively addressing and managing vaginal dryness.

How to Naturally Treat Vaginal Dryness?

Managing vaginal dryness at home can be achieved with various natural remedies. These remedies offer potential relief from symptoms and they may help prevent the condition from worsening. However, it's crucial to consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and guidance before trying these herbal remedies.

  • Coconut Oil: Virgin coconut oil, known for its skin-soothing properties, can be applied to the vagina to relieve dryness. Ensure hands are clean before application.
  • Almond Oil: Sweet almond oil, historically used for dry skin, can also help alleviate vaginal dryness. Apply it around the vagina after ensuring cleanliness. Note, this is not a recommended remedy for a sexual lubricant for intercourse or with your silicone sex toys. 
  • Olive Oil: Olive oil, rich in vitamin E, aids in maintaining skin hydration. Massage olive oil in and around the vagina after cleaning hands. Note, this is not a recommended remedy for a sexual lubricant for intercourse or with your silicone sex toys.  
  • Soy: Incorporating soy and soy products into your diet may improve menopausal symptoms like vaginal dryness, although further research is needed.
  • Vaginal Moisturisers: These moisturisers, available in internal and external forms, help lock in moisture and alleviate vaginal dryness.
  • Water-Based Lubricants: Use water-based sex lubricants before intercourse to provide moisturization and prevent discomfort.
  • Foreplay: Extended foreplay before sexual intercourse can increase arousal and stimulate the Bartholin's glands, promoting vaginal moisture.
  • Avoid Scented Products: Steer clear of heavily perfumed soaps, cleansers, or lotions in and around the vagina, as they can cause irritation and dryness.

How Lubricants Can Help Ease Vaginal Dryness?

Vaginal lubricants,are over-the-counter products that usually are either water or silicone-based, but can be oil-based too. Although lubricants don’t increase a lowered libido, using them can make sexual activity more comfortable. “Sex should not be painful,” says Dr. Schiffman,“ and a lubricant eases friction that can otherwise cause pain.” It can also be helpful to use a lubricant for sexual touch because it’s possible to be aroused but not feel wet, and a lubricant can help improve the whole experience by making it less painful and more enjoyable.  

Tips on How to Use Lubricants: 

  • Experiment to find the lubricant that works best for you, considering your personal preferences and any sensitivities you may have.
  • When using a condom during sex, opt for a water-based or silicone-based lubricant to avoid damaging the condom.
  • Avoid using pure oil, such as coconut or almond oil, as lubricants, as they can break down condoms and may be more irritating to the skin.
  • Water-based lubricants are less messy and do not tend to stain clothing or bedsheets, making them a convenient choice.
  • Steer clear of lubricants advertised as "warming" or claiming to increase sexual arousal, especially if you're already experiencing dryness and irritation, as they may worsen vaginal dryness.
  • Avoid using lubricants or products containing spermicide, as they can also exacerbate vaginal dryness.
  • Never use petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, as a lubricant, as it is difficult to wash off and can increase the risk of vaginal infections.

Discover the diverse selection of lubricants at Pleasure & Intimacy

Playground Mood Maker Intimacy Oil

The secret to increasing pleasure and intimacy in the bedroom is the Playground Mood Maker Intimacy Oil. This oil is made with a combination of skin-soothing plant oils, botanical aphrodisiacs, and mood-elevating adaptogens to relieve tense muscles and improve foreplay and intercourse. Savor its smooth, creamy texture enhanced by apricot oil and Meadowfoam seed, which glides on smoothly, amplifying pleasure and igniting the senses with scents of vanilla, sandalwood, rose, and ylang ylang. Safflower seed oil and apricot kernel oil, two skin-softening components, are used in the formulation of this oil, which nourishes your intimate areas while elevating mood and enjoyment.

Playground Love Sesh Water-Based Lube

Experience the ultimate sensation with our scent-free lubricant, enriched with soothing vitamin E, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and bamboo extract. Mimicking your body's natural lubrication, this silky slip ensures a smooth and long-lasting glide without any stickiness. Formulated with adaptogens like Ashwagandha and Black Cohosh, this lubricant enhances chemistry, while intentional packaging ensures convenience and sustainability. 

LELO Personal Moisturizer

Improve your intimate experiences with LELO Personal Moisturizer, specially formulated to make sensual activities more enjoyable and comfortable. This long-lasting water-based formula is safe for use with all LELO products and is free from glycerin, parabens, and fragrances, making it hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin. Enriched with aloe vera, this moisturizer hydrates the skin while being non-staining and non-greasy, ensuring a satisfying and mess-free encounter. 

La Nua Water-Based Lube - Watermelon Mint

Indulge in clean and natural pleasure with La Nua's naturally-flavored water-based lubricant, perfect for solo or partner play. Formulated with high-quality ingredients like Red Algae Extract and Kelp Extract, this lubricant provides a smooth and sensual experience while maintaining compatibility with silicone sex toys. Prioritizing safety and transparency, La Nua ensures trust and pleasure go hand in hand, offering a pleasurable experience that meets health standards. 

NEO Sensual Champagne Flavored Sex Lube (50ml)

Experience the luxurious pleasure of NEO Sensual's champagne-flavored sex lube, designed for long-lasting satisfaction and compatibility with latex condoms and sex toys. Simply apply to desired areas for enhanced lubrication and flavor sensation during intimate moments. Made with an all-natural formula infused with hemp extract, this lube is safe for oral, anal, and vaginal play, and is paraben-free for added peace of mind. With its discreet packaging, NEO Sensual offers the perfect complement to all erotic experiences, whether seeking something sexy, therapeutic, or romantic.

Wicked Aqua Mango Sex Lube 4oz

Indulge in a tropical paradise with Wicked Aqua Mango Sex Lube, designed to make your intimate moments tastier and more tantalizing. This water-based lube offers a melt-in-your-mouth mango flavor that will leave you craving more. Enjoy its smooth and non-sticky texture, with no aftertaste, for a pleasurable experience. Formulated with quality ingredients like olive leaf extract and stevia, this lube is latex-friendly, paraben-free, and vegan, ensuring a safe and enjoyable encounter every time. Treat yourself to enhanced pleasure with Wicked Aqua Mango Sex Lube and elevate your playtime to new heights.

Playground After Hours Water-Based Lube

Experience the sensual allure of Musk and Oud Wood Essence with our long-lasting lubricant, enriched with soothing vitamin E, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and bamboo extract for a silky slip that never quits. With a subtle scent of creamy musk and warm woods, this lubricant sets the mood for a tantalizing night of intimacy. Formulated with adaptogens like Ashwagandha and Black Cohosh, this lubricant enhances chemistry and increases libido, while intentional packaging ensures convenience and sustainability. 

FAQs(Frequently Asked Questions)

Q:How do I get more wetter down there?

 A: Factors such as arousal levels, hydration, and using lubricants can contribute to increased wetness.

Q:What causes lack of wetness? 

A:Hormonal changes, medications, stress, and certain health conditions can contribute to a lack of wetness.

Q:What makes up female lubrication?

A:Female lubrication is primarily composed of vaginal secretions, which vary in consistency and volume depending on factors like arousal levels and overall vaginal health.




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