Vaginal dryness is a common problem experienced by up to one in three women, particularly those who are going through menopause or those who experience early menopause symptoms. Vaginal dryness occurs when the natural lubricant in your vagina, which normally keeps your vagina moist, decreases. The female sex hormone estrogen is responsible for maintaining your natural lubricant. When your estrogen levels decrease, you are more likely to experience vaginal dryness.
Normally, glands in your cervix produce a natural lubricant that keeps your vagina moist. This natural lubricant travels down your vagina, which helps to maintain a clean and healthy environment. A small amount of white discharge is a healthy sign — your vagina is naturally well lubricated and keeping itself clean.