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Breastfeeding Vaginal Dryness: An essential guide for mums during World Breastfeeding Week

Becoming a mother is a miraculous and transformative experience, but it can also bring certain physical challenges, especially during the postpartum period. Let’s face it, your vagina has probably been through a lot in these last few months. From hormonal changes during pregnancy to childbirth, you may not quite feel yourself down there. That’s why listening to your body and keeping on top of your intimate health is a crucial part of selfcare during these early months and beyond.    

Many women experience vaginal dryness and even painful sex following childbirth and whilst breastfeeding. These symptoms can be distressing and have a significant impact on overall wellbeing and intimate life. But why does this happen, and what can we do about it?  

Does breastfeeding cause vaginal dryness? 

Understanding the Link Between Breastfeeding and Vaginal Dryness 

The hormonal changes associated with lactation can lead to a decrease in oestrogen levels in your body [1]. You may know that oestrogen plays a crucial role in maintaining vaginal lubrication and elasticity. Reduced oestrogen levels during breastfeeding, and after childbirth can cause vaginal dryness, making sex uncomfortable or even painful.  

The emotional and physical exhaustion you may be experiencing as a new mum might contribute to a drop in libido (decreased sexual desire and arousal). Put simply, you might just not be in the mood! And who can blame you? If vaginal dryness or discomfort during sex is causing you concern, speaking openly with your partner and GP are helpful first steps to finding relief. You’ll also want to rule out any infections of injuries that could be causing or exacerbating the problem. 

How long will vaginal dryness during breastfeeding last? 

The short answer is - it varies from woman to woman. Hormonal fluctuations, the frequency and intensity of breastfeeding, and overall health of the woman may be contributing factors.  For most women, vaginal dryness associated with breastfeeding is temporary and improves as breastfeeding frequency decreases and menstruation returns. [2]    

Addressing Vaginal Dryness during postpartum and breastfeeding  

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  • Communicate with your partner: It's vital to have open and honest communication with your partner about your feelings and experiences. Being supportive and understanding of each other's needs during this time can strengthen your relationship. 

  • Lubricants: Vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex or penetration can be alleviated by using water-based or oil-based lubricants. These products can enhance comfort and reduce friction, making the experience more pleasurable. YES® WB, our organic water-based lubricant is intensely hydrating and designed to feel completely natural without leaving any stickiness. It’s a fantastic option if you are experiencing pain due to dryness. YES® OB is an organic plant-oil based lube with a thicker consistency. It is long-lasting and soothing for dry intimate tissue. Lubes can be used together for ultimate comfort. 
  • Vaginal moisturisers: Vaginal moisturisers can be used daily to quickly relieve symptoms of dryness and ease associated pain, itching, and burning. YES® VM is a certified organic vaginal moisturiser that lasts up to three days. It’s designed to gently replenish moisture levels without the use of synthetic chemicals, hormones and any known skin irritants. You can use this every day to ease postpartum vaginal dryness.  

  • Foreplay and arousal: Focusing on foreplay can increase arousal and promote natural lubrication. Take time to explore intimacy with your partner, allowing your body to respond naturally. If you have given birth vaginally, things might feel a little different, so be kind to yourself as you learn what your body needs.  
  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is essential for overall health, including vaginal health. Staying hydrated can help combat vaginal dryness. [3]  

  • Pelvic Floor Exercises: Kegel exercises can improve blood flow to the pelvic region and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, potentially enhancing vaginal lubrication and reducing discomfort. [4]  

  • Consult your doctor: If the issue persists or causes significant discomfort, it’s time to see your doctor. Your healthcare provider can assess your condition and recommend appropriate treatments.   

Painful sex and vaginal dryness during breastfeeding can be challenging to navigate, but remember you are not alone. Understanding the connection between breastfeeding and vaginal dryness, along with implementing practical solutions, can improve your comfort and pleasure. Open communication, support from your partner, and seeking guidance from your doctor are essential steps to finding relief. Be kind to yourself as you navigate this unique period of your life. 


[1] Goodto  
[2] Clear Blue  
[3] Cleveland Clinic  
[4] Everyday Health