Sjogren's Syndrome and Vaginal Dryness
Vaginal dryness is common in women with Sjogren's syndrome. Painful intercourse is the most common complaint as a result.
A vaginal moisturizer helps retain moisture, and a vaginal lubricant can make intercourse more comfortable. Vaginal moisturizers attract liquid to the dry tissues and are designed for regular use. Vaginal lubricants should be used only for intercourse; they don't moisturize. Oil-based lubricants, such as petroleum jelly, trap moisture and can cause sores and hinder the vagina's natural cleaning process. A water-soluble lubricant is better.
Regular skin creams and ointments can help relieve dry skin on the outer surface of the vagina (the vulva).