Over the past year, through this blog, I have provided you with information about sexual desire, libido, lovemaking and more. My objective has been to educate you with up to date information about a woman’s vaginal health especially as it relates to her health and sexuality.

Part of my work has been to debunk myths surrounding vaginal and sexual health. There are so many myths out there, it would be impossible to debunk all of them. But there is one my that I answered repeatedly this year for a number of my patients.  Since so many of them were in sexless marriages or suffered low sexual desire, their concern was, “will abstinence result in a woman drying up?”

The reasons women experience vaginal dryness are many. They relate to everything from stress to pregnancy, breastfeeding, the oral contraceptive pill, reproductive cancer treatment, perimenopause (the years leading up to menopause which may begin at age 37) or during and after the menopausal years.

The common denominator is estrogen for estrogen is the hormone regulator of the vagina and is what helps it to maintains it’s moisture and lubrication. Estrogen decreases during the times or circumstances in a woman’s life mentioned above.

So the answer is no, abstinence does not cause women to dry up. Lack of estrogen does. Lack of estrogen decreases during times of fluctuating hormonal periods like pregnancy and perimenopause. That said, the less sexual or the longer the lapse in lovemaking, the less vulnerable she may be so this may result in some vaginal discomfort especially if she is not relaxed.

With new partners or an exciting relationship, fervent sexual attraction will contribute to increasing arousal and ultimately enhancing lubrication if the vagina is healthy. Given the many times in a woman’s life  that estrogen may impact her vagina, it is important that a woman take charge of her own vaginal health which leads to a healthier sex life so therefore moisturizing your vaginal is key.  After all, we moisturize our faces, why not our vaginas?

For that, I recommend Repagyn, a hormone-free personal moisturizer approved by Health Canada and recommended by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC). It is an all natural product that contains Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid to keep tissues healthy and repairs vaginal tissues respectively.

So my New Year’s wish for you is indeed, have more sex ladies but make sure you moisturize your vagina. So remember it’s just as important to moisturize your vagina as it is your face. Rejuvenate your vaginal with Repagyn in 2017! Happy New You.  Happy New Year!


Maureen McGrath

Maureen McGrath

Host of the CKNW Sunday Night Health Show on Corus Radio. As a leading women's health expert and Registered Nurse, I understand the importance that sexual, vaginal, bladder and bowel health has on overall health and relationships.

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