2. You’re Stressed Out
Stress takes the blame for a lot of health issues, and you can add vag1nal dryness to the list. If it doesn’t temporarily kill your lib!do outright, feeling anxious or pressured can make it harder to get turned on, says Dweck. Once the stress lifts, your juices should start flowing.
3. You’re on Cold Meds
“Over-the-counter cold and allergy formulas contain antihistamines that dry out the mucus membranes in your nose, as well as your vag1na,” says Dweck. Not all women experience it, but it can happen, and things will moisten up again once you stop dosing up.
4. Your Birth Control Pill Is Messing With You
“One little-known side effect of oral contracept1ves is reduced vag1nal lubrication,” says Dweck. And unlike some other side effects that happen when you first go on the Pill, this one probably won’t clear up in a few months. “I’ll usually advise my patients to use store-bought lubricant, or if it’s really uncomfortable, consider going off the Pill and trying another type of birth control,” she says.
5. You Just Had a Baby
Giving birth (and breastfeeding, too) does a number on your body and changes your s3x life in unexpected ways, including lowering levels of estrogen—the hormone responsible for maintaining vaginal lubrication. A few months post-birth, when your regular cycle returns and you stop lactating, the slippery stuff will be back.