Is it normal to have vaginal dryness during sex?

Q: In pregnancy, is vaginal dryness during intercourse normal?

A: Although increased lubrication and discharge are most common during pregnancy, some women do suffer from vaginal dryness. Your hormone levels are changing at a dramatic rate and, for some women, this means more vaginal dryness and/or irritation. Also, many women have a lack of libido during pregnancy and don't feel like having intercourse. This will also decrease the amount of lubrication produced during intercourse, therefore making intercourse very painful. A water-soluble lubricant, such as Astroglide, can be a life-saver. It is also important to make sure that you don't have a vaginal infection, which can also lead to decreased lubrication and increased discomfort. If you have symptoms of vaginal itching, burning, or odor, you should see your practitioner to get checked.

Answered by Dr. Michele Hakakha

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