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Diseases & Conditions

Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness is a common condition that can impact women of all ages. It is primarily caused by a reduction in the level of the female hormone estrogen, which is needed to maintain vaginal health. Abnormally low estrogen levels can cause problems with vaginal lubrication, pH balance, elasticity, and the thickness of the vaginal walls. The condition is caused by a variety of common factors.

Hormonal Disruptions

Vaginal dryness is most common among menopausal women and those who are just beginning to experience the symptoms of menopause (perimenopause). Other factors that may cause a reduction in estrogen levels include childbirth and breast-feeding. Dryness may continue throughout the lactation period. Chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatments involving the ovaries also affect hormone production.

Immunodeficiency

Women who are suffering from primary immunodeficiency disorders may experience vaginal dryness as a side effect. Sjoren’s syndrome is a chronic immune disease that causes the body to attack its moisture-producing glands. The result is extreme dryness of the eyes, mouth, and in many cases, the vaginal walls. Professional medical attention is needed for the treatment of the disorder and management of side effects.

Treatments Available

The use of common over-the-counter drugs like cold and allergy medications can cause vaginal dryness. Another common cause is the use of anti-estrogen drugs that are often prescribed to treat uterine fibroids and endometriosis. Studies have also shown a link between vaginal dryness and nicotine dependence.

Vaginal dryness and the decreased sex drive that often accompanies it can be frustrating and may negatively impact relationships. The condition is often easily treated using prescription or over-the-counter medications which are readily available at Fusion Rx pharmacy. Topical estrogen therapy is the most common treatment and it is generally preferred to oral estrogen because it does not release as much of the hormone into the blood stream. Women who are suffering from vaginal dryness should contact our pharmacist to discuss their treatment options.

Medications to Treat Vaginal Dryness

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Estrace
  • Vagifem
  • Premarin

Compounded Medications:
We can make suppositories, capsules, sublingual drops, creams, lotions, or gels of the following:

  • Estrone
  • Estradiol
  • Estriol
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • Methyltestosterone
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Vitamin E
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