Awkward Sex Questions, Answered
It depends. If you’re perimenopausal, blame estrogen. You need an adequate amount of this hormone to maintain vaginal lubrication, and that’s when levels naturally decline. If you’re not yet in the hot flash phase, look at your meds. Antihistamines can dry up your vag along with your nose. “Hot tub chemicals, caffeine, and even stress can promote vaginal dryness, too,” says Mintz. She recommends trying some lube—the slippery feeling alone will make you more turned on, which could boost natural lubrication. She suggests a water-based orglycerin lubricant—and a visit to A Woman’s Touch Sexuality Resource Center at SexualityResources.com. Check out the Lubricant Comparison Chart; the sampler package (just $11 for eight-plus lubes) is a steal.