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Vaginal Dryness and Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding cause estrogen level to be low and dryness
Vaginal Dryness and Breastfeeding

During pregnancy, the body goes through a lot of changes, and many effects continue after childbirth. It's not uncommon for new moms to experience vaginal or vulvar dryness in the weeks and months after giving birth, especially for those who are breastfeeding.

Vaginal dryness may occur in the postpartum period due to changes in estrogen levels that may cause an itchy, uncomfortable feeling, and also make sex painful.

Estrogen is a hormone that helps maintain the vagina’s lubrication, elasticity, and thickness. This hormone levels soar while you’re pregnant and it decrease dramatically within days after you give birth, which can result in vaginal dryness. Breastfeeding also causes estrogen levels to be low because it can interfere with milk production and further increasing any vaginal dryness.

The good news is that this is not a permanent change and once you stop breastfeeding and your hormones gradually return to their normal levels. Consider applying a vaginal moisturizer and use a lubricant right before having sex. Make sure to talk with your OB-GYN if postpartum dryness persists, if your pain is intolerable, if something feels wrong with your body, or if you’re concerned in any way.


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