Is it normal to experience vaginal dryness after a hysterectomy?

Vaginal dryness is a real concern for many women, but they are often unsure of the reason for it, and where to find help. Women who have undergone a hysterectomy with removal of ovaries often experience thinning of the vaginal tissues and decreased lubrication, soon after surgery.

Vaginal dryness is often accompanied by pain with sex, an abnormal discharge, and vaginal discomfort. It is common in women after menopause, particularily if it has been as surgically induced menopause.

A hysterectomy involves the removal of a woman’s uterus but often the ovaries are removed as well. The ovaries are responsible for the production of the hormones that are needed for optimal vaginal health. Without these hormones many women start experiencing menopausal symptoms, such as vaginal dryness.

Why vaginal dryness occurs after a hysterectomy
Vaginal dryness is often a sign of estrogen deficiency. There is usually a sudden drop in estrogen levels after a hysterectomy, and this can have a negative impact on the vagina.

Estrogen helps maintain the moisture of the vagina, and the thickness of the lining. When there is a decline in estrogen there is less lubrication, and the tissues shrink and become less elastic (learn more).

Treating vaginal dryness
Fowler GYN International (FGI), Phoenix, AZ, have developed the vaginal fluid analysis (VFA) to help with the diagnosis of the cause of refractory vaginal dryness. The VFA is specially designed to analyze the vaginal constituents. The VFA test provides the evaluation needed to properly assess the vaginal constituents and micro-flora, so that an appropriate treatment protocol can be recommended.

If you bothered by vaginal dryness after a hysterectomy which your gynecologist has not been able to solve, call FGI at 480-420-4001. Dr. R. Stuart Fowler and the rest of the staff at FGI are ready to help. You can also go online to

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