Why Can't I Get Wet? 5 Causes of Vaginal Dryness

Why Can't I Get Wet? 5 Causes of Vaginal Dryness

Why Can't I Get Wet? 

Having a WAP is great, but let's be honest—things aren't always a slip n' slide down there. Vaginal dryness can feel incredibly frustrating and might have you feeling self-conscious about your bodily functions, but the truth is, it's quite common!

Vaginal dryness can have many causes. Sometimes, it might be medical (some STIs cause dryness, so get checked!). Other times, it might be as simple as slacking on your H2O levels.

If you're asking yourself, 'why can't I get wet?' these 5 common reasons could be behind your sudden dryness.

#1 - You're Stressed AF

Stress can wreak havoc on your physical health. How? Stress activates the body's fight-or-flight response, releasing a powerful surge of hormones that can mess with everything from acne to libido.

Chronic stress—the kind that sticks around longer than it should—can lower the amount of moisture in your vagina, take a toll on your sex drive, and even mess with your vagina's pH levels.

At the same time, stress can leave you feeling distracted. You might push self-care to the side, stop drinking enough water, or turn to pick-me-ups (see: alcohol and cigarettes) that leave your vagina dehydrated. Sometimes, a low sex drive can stop you from reaching the big O or put you off sex completely.

#2 - You're Taking Medication

Let's face it: Vaginas are delicate, and even the slightest hormone fluctuations (like the ones that come from taking a new medication) can affect vaginal blood flow, leading to dryness. So, if you're wondering, "Why can't I get wet anymore?" after starting a new medication, don't worry—it's normal.

Some hormonal birth control, antidepressants, and allergy and cold medications can cause dryness. And if you're in cancer treatment, some types of cancer medication can also disrupt your hormones.

#3 - You Have a Health Condition

Some health conditions can mess with hormone levels, including yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis (BV), STIs and STDs, autoimmune conditions, and mental health conditions like anxiety disorders and major depression.

When health conditions cause a drop in estrogen, vaginal tissues become thinner, leading to dryness and inflammation. It's important to discuss these symptoms with your medical professional.

#4 - You're About to Get Your Period

By now, you're probably well aware that hormone fluctuations can take a toll on your lubrication levels. So, it only makes sense that your wetness changes with your menstruation cycle.

After you ovulate and before you get your period, you'll probably experience some dryness. Your estrogen and progesterone levels naturally drop when you start your period, and, as a result, you might be drier than usual when your period starts.

#5 - You're Not Getting Enough Foreplay

Foreplay matters. Have you ever watched a sex scene that goes from kissing to climaxing in less than a minute and thought to yourself, "How did she do that?" IRL, she did not.

If you're not getting enough foreplay—whether that's oral sex, fingering, or teasing each other with your favorite vibrator— vaginal sex can be downright painful. And if you're bored, uninterested, or just not super into your partner, you'll probably have a hard time getting wet, too.

How Can You Fix It?

Step #1 to getting a WAP: talk to your doctor. Talking about dryness with a health professional (or even with your partner) can feel daunting, but it's essential. Your GP or OB-GYN can help you make the best decisions about your sexual health, whether it's switching medications or starting treatment for a health condition.

If you have a clean bill of health, getting wet might be as simple as switching up your bedroom repertoire. If you're getting wet during masturbation (but not during partner play), extended foreplay—whether in the form of a sexy Nuru massage or mutual masturbation sesh—might be the answer. And if you need some extra help, lube will be your BFF.

Other times, you might need to kickstart your libido manually by finding out what turns you on. Some people love erotic literature, while others like to turn up the heat with a steamy shower. If all else fails, meditative masturbation might just remind you what you've been missing.

Get the Juices Flowing

The bottom line? Dryness is completely normal—and taking care of yourself is never anything to feel ashamed or embarrassed of. Sometimes, you might just need to spice up your self-pleasure or try some new foreplay techniques to get the juices flowing.

If you're ready to shake up your routine, the Iridescence is here to help. She's easy to use, with 12 powerful vibration settings, three tantalizing intensities, and two pleasure points to give you the sexperience you've been craving. And toys are always better with lube, so don't forget to pair her with a water- or oil-based lube for extra pleasure!

What are you waiting for? Order the Iridescence Vibrator today to reignite your sex life.