The amount of lubrication you produce in your vagina is related to your hormones. When your hormonal balance shifts as you enter perimenopause — the years that lead up to menopause — you may start to experience a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including vaginal dryness. Hormones also affect the quality and thickness of your skin, both in your vagina and elsewhere. Your vaginal skin gets thinner and doesn’t produce the kind of moisture it did when you were younger.
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