Plummeting temperatures means many women can suffer from ‘winter vagina’, intimate dryness due to the climate.
Mary Burke, a former NHS midwife and senior clinical nurse at the London Bridge Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Clinic is warning women that their intimate parts “can enter ‘drought mode’” in the colder months.
Lower temperatures and “air conditioned” rooms have a drying effect on bodies, making skin dry and chapped, and Mary is urging women to be aware of vaginal dryness due to the increasing cold weather.
Speaking to The Sun, Mary said: “Dry autumn and winter air depletes moisture from our bodies, leaving our skin dehydrated and cracked, and our sinuses parched.
“And while it’s an issue few will want to discuss openly, our vaginas can enter ‘drought mode’ during this time, too.
“When we spend a lot of time in air conditioned rooms, or with the heating on, we’re living in air which carries very little moisture.”
Vaginal dryness can be uncomfortable during sex and if lubricant or moisturiser doesn’t ease the sensation, the NHS advises seeking help from a GP.