Medications That Cause Vaginal Dryness

Are Your Medications Causing Vaginal Dryness?

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If you're experiencing vaginal dryness, check your medicine cabinet. While female dryness can be caused by things like low estrogen, menopause or certain cancer treatments, it can also be a side effect of a number of medications. If you're experiencing itching, burning and pain during sex, one of these medications that cause vaginal dryness may be to blame.

Birth Control Pills

Hormonal birth control pills can cause fluctuations in hormones that may lead to vaginal dryness in some women.

 Lo Ovral and Ortho-Cyclen are two brands that  have been found to cause dryness in some women.

Birth Control Shot

Like with birth control pills, hormonal changes from birth control shots, such as Depo-Provera, can change vaginal fluids and lead to dryness.


Sedatives used for insomnia (Halcion), anxiety and panic disorder (Xanax) and seizures (Ativan) have all been linked to vaginal dryness in some women.

Cold and Allergy Medications

both prescribed and over-the-counter cold and allergy medications have been found to cause dryness in some women. That's because they lower moisture levels throughout the body, including the vagina.

Other Medications That Can Cause Dryness

Both calcium channel blockers and beta blockers have been tied to vaginal dryness in some women. Calcium channel blockers, which prevent calcium from entering the cells of the heart and blood vessel walls, are used to lower blood pressure.

They're used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure, migraines and Raynaud's disease. Beta blockers slow the heart rate, reduce the force of heart contractions, reduce stress on the vascular system and reduce the amount of oxygen the heart needs to do its work. They're commonly prescribed for people with hypertension, anginaheart failure, atrial fibrillation, history of heart attacks and migraine headaches.

Other Causes of Vaginal Dryness

Medications are just one reason you may experience vaginal dryness at some point in your life. Some other causes of vaginal dryness include:

If you're experiencing vaginal dryness, talk to your gynecologist. She'll be able to suggest treatments that can help stop the dryness and make sex more pleasurable again. And for more information about vaginal issues, check out these resources:

Do I Have Vaginitis?

How Do You Treat Vaginitis?

How To Prevent Yeast Infections

Three Common Vaginal Problems You May Someday Experience

What Are the Common Causes of Vaginal Itching and Burning?

What Are the Possible Causes of Vaginal Itching?

What You Need To Know About Vaginal Yeast Infections

Why Is Sexual Intercourse Painful?


Mayo Clinic. (2015, December 1). Vaginal dryness. Retrieved February 10, 2016.

MD Anderson Cancer Center. (2014, May 19). Patient Education Online: Vaginal Dryness. Retrieved February 09, 2016.

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