Vaginal dryness, also known as atrophic vaginitis, is a condition that causes pain and discomfort for many women. Luckily, there are several treatments for vaginal dryness, and emerging research indicates that supplements, such as vitamin E, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, may be useful in treating this condition.

Although vaginal dryness is mostly associated with menopause, it can occur at any age. Around 17 percent of women ages 18 to 50 experience vaginal dryness before menopause.

Symptoms include:

  • Stinging, itchiness or inflammation
  • Pain during intercourse or urination
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Keep reading to learn more about improving vaginal dryness with vitamins.

Causes of vaginal dryness

There is no single cause for vaginal dryness, but some common causes include:

  • Menopause. Estrogen keeps your vagina elastic and lubricated, so when estrogen levels dip in the lead-up to menopause, vaginal tissue can become thinner, drier and prone to tearing.