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29 Mar 2003

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i hadnt had sex in the past 6 months but when i did last night i was so dry & was sore, but i've been so horny all along- am i frigid now
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01 Jan 0001

Vaginal dryness can be caused by many factors:

* Not being aroused enough before sex, or not wanting to have sex
* Being penetrated before you're ready
* Feeling stressed
* Taking medications that are drying, including isotretinoin (brand name accutane, for the treatment of acne) and decongestants and antihistamines
* Using marijuana (dagga) before and during sex — it can dehydrate
* Experiencing certain hormonal states or abnormalities that can change vaginal fluids — birth control pills, Depo-Provera, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can contribute to vaginal dryness in this way
* Having an infection
* Getting older and menopause
* Vaginal dryness is one reason why some women have sex during their period — because the menstrual flow allows for "natural" lubrication.

Some women naturally make more of their own lube than others, and, as mentioned above, it's often situational. Needing to apply some extra lube from time to time does not mean that anything is wrong, so no I don't think that you are now "frigid".

And, not all lubes are the same; some may work better for you than others. Effective water-based lubes are available in pharmacies and shops specializing in sex-related products. You and your partner can sample a variety of them as they usually make women wet, slippery, and juicy, allowing sex to be more comfortable and pleasurable for both partners.

Call (011) 614 - 1911 and ask for your free sample of Astroglide, a waterbased lubrication.
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