Vaginal dryness is a condition where a woman' s vagina is dry. A moist environment is necessary to perform intercourse. If vaginal dryness is present, this could lead to pain and discomfort during intercourse with a loved one.
Changes in a woman during foreplay, or the period before intercourse, include thinning of the walls of the vagina, and an increased ability of the vaginal walls to expand during arousal. Your vagina will normally become wet, during the period of arousal, prior to intercourse.
One of the most common side effects of cancer chemotherapy is generalized dryness throughout the body. In women, this will lead to vaginal dryness as well. Vaginal dryness does not mean that the woman is not aroused. The vagina may not be able, due to prior therapy, to become lubricated.
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