SPRING is well and truly upon us and while many of us welcome the warmer weather with open arms, for others it can be the start of a nightmare.
Hay fever sufferers have probably already armed themselves with antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops in a bid to combat their symptoms.
But it’s not just the rising pollen levels that could be causing this unlucky lot problems.
Experts say the medication taken to ease pollen allergy symptoms might actually be making sex excruciatingly painful for women.
Histamine is a chemical released when the body detects something harmful, such as an infection, and causes the blood vessels to expand to protect the body.
But in people with allergies, the body mistakes something harmless – such as pollen – as a threat and starts producing histamine, which can cause a rash, runny nose or sneezing.
To counter that, antihistamines can be taken to block the receptors that cause this reaction by drying out the mucous membrane lining the ear, nose and throat.
Vaginal dryness can be caused by a change to a woman’s hormones and this can occur due to medication
But a side-effect can sometimes lead to them also causing dryness in the vagina mucosa.
Vanessa MacKay, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, told Metro: “Vaginal dryness can be caused by a change to a woman’s hormones and this can occur due to a wide variety of things including medication.
“There are different types of antihistamine and some women may experience vaginal dryness when taking them.”
She advised speaking to a doctor if you’ve noticed a lack of lubrication down below since allergy season started, as it may be down to medication.
There are a range of different hay fever blocking options, such as natural remedies and barrier balms.
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Experts have previously claimed it could even be possible to ditch antihistamines altogether and have more sex to stave off the sniffles.
Sex causes blood vessels in nasal passages to constrict helping to clear blocked noses and dry up runny eyes.
Symptoms of congestion ease after intercourse, according to research carried out at the Tabriz Medical University in Iran.
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