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Should I have vaginal dryness after birth?

I've been having a lot of vaginal dryness since I had my baby. What can I do?
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Feeling a little dry down there is a common complaint among women who recently gave birth, especially for moms who breastfeed. While you're nursing, your body produces less of the hormone estrogen, which can cause the tissues in your vagina to be thinner and drier than usual. The good news is that things should get back to normal after you wean your baby. Until then, you can use a water-based vaginal lubricant, like Replens, to make yourself comfortable or to make intercourse easier once your doctor gives you the green light (although caring for a baby around the clock probably isn't making you feel too frisky these days). If you're not nursing (or the dryness doesn't improve after you stop) let your doctor know. This could be a sign of a hormonal imbalance, like a thyroid issue. This can be easily treated with medication and will probably go away over the next few months as your hormones rebalance.

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