What Are the Common Causes of Having No Vaginal Discharge?

It is not uncommon for new mothers to experience a lack of vaginal discharge as her hormones return to normal.
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  • Written By: Erin J. Hill
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  • Last Modified Date: 26 June 2014
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The most common causes of having no vaginal discharge include hormonal changes or imbalances or the use of certain medications. Menopause is one common cause of hormonal imbalance, although this imbalance may occur in women of all ages who have certain medical conditions. Some women are also naturally drier than others. The cause is often never found.

Many women experience a natural ebb and flow in vaginal discharge during various points in their menstrual cycles. This is considered normal, even if no vaginal discharge is present on certain days. Those who experience this condition constantly, who have irritation or pain during sex, or who have never had normal vaginal discharge may have a medical condition that should be treated.

Certain fertility issues, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, may lead to an absence of vaginal discharge in some women. These conditions can often be treated with hormonal replacement medication, dietary changes, and supplements which mimic or replace naturally occurring hormones. Not all women with imbalances will experience vaginal dryness.

Some women may experience no vaginal discharge after taking certain prescription or over the counter medications. If this occurs, changing medications or changing the dosage of the current medication may be options. In many cases, the dryness is not enough to warrant discontinuing a medication, especially when being used to treat a serious medical condition.


Treatments for those experiencing severe or prolonged lack of vaginal lubrication may be include supplementation. This generally comes in the form of oil or water based lubricate which is applied directly to the vagina. Medications may also be given if the underlying causes are found.

There are certain periods during which having no vaginal discharge is considered normal. After pregnancy as a woman’s hormones return to normal, it is common to experience some vaginal dryness. This condition can continue during breastfeeding because nursing prolongs the imbalance due to hormones being produced in order to make milk. Most women will return to normal without treatment as soon as the baby is weaned.

Vaginal dryness which is accompanied by other symptoms should always be checked by a doctor. It is not advised that patients treat themselves using an over the counter lubricant until a underlying cause for dryness is determined. Oil-based lubricants are not recommended for use with latex condoms. Oils or fluids not intended for vaginal lubrication should never be used.


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Post 4

@SarahGen-- Have you started any new medications? I was on antidepressants for three years. I developed vaginal dryness as a side effect.

Post 3

@SarahGen-- I think you need to see your doctor for another check-up. A lot of things can change in a few months.

By the way, you may not be in menopause now, but you could be in perimenopause. This is the time before a woman enters menopause and when many of the menopause symptoms start. You might not be able to tell because you might continue to have periods in perimenopause. 39 is young for menopause, but I have a friend who had it earlier because of hereditary factors. So it's best to see your gynecologist.

Post 2

I'm 39 and I've had normal vaginal discharge all of my life. For the past two months however, my vaginal discharge is down to nothing. I don't understand what's going on because I'm not pregnant or in menopause. So I haven't had any hormonal changes. Intercourse is very painful and a lubricant has become necessary.

I saw my gynecologist for a routine checkup before these changes happened and everything was fine then. I'm going to wait for a while to see if things return to normal. If it doesn't, I will book an appointment with my doctor.

Has anyone else experienced the same thing? Did you ever figure out the cause?

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