Female lubrication can be a problematic and troubling issue. It varies from person to person and from encounter to encounter. Sometimes, lack of lubrication is related to “not being in the mood” or not receiving adequate stimulation prior to intercourse. Other times it is related to having too much activity in too short of a time – the vagina tires out and cannot make enough moisture. And some other times it comes with normal body changes as we age, such as menopause.
These are very different causes for lack of lubrication and thus require very different solutions. The real problem is, deciding which problem you have and then is it the same problem every time?
Women take longer to get excited than men. A woman requires stimulation – both emotional and physical. If a woman tries to have sex without adequate stimulation she will not lubricate. Sometimes employing a lubricant or gel and adding that to foreplay will increase sensitivity, lubrication and receptivity.
If a woman has too much sex in too short of time period, the vagina can fatigue and not produce adequate lubrication. This is a normal physiological response and it generally reacts well to the use of a cream, gel or lubricant. Some women taking birth control pills have problems with vaginal dryness and finds gel helpful during intercourse. Some women going through menopause finds lubrication and arousal a difficult task as well.
There are many different gels available in the marketplace. Some employ menthol, some nicotinic acid, amino acids, etc. Some will increase blood flow to the genitalia and this should help with dryness and responsiveness.
Remember, vaginal lubrication is both physical and emotional. Spend time touching, kissing, cuddling, talking and getting “in the mood” before becoming intimate.
-Dr. Robert Feldman M.D. – Obstetrics and Gynecologist
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