Dry Mouth Menopause - Symptom Causes and Treatments
Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a common symptom that is experienced when you’re going through menopause. This symptom occurs when the salivary glands in your mouth don’t produce enough saliva; this can cause a dry, sticky feeling in your mouth and throat.
Although it is typically an ageing-related condition, decline in oestrogen levels or hormonal changes in women have a significant role in amplifying the prevalence of these symptoms.
Fortunately, several treatments, ranging from hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to lifestyle adjustments are available to manage dry mouth effectively. In this article, we’ll explore the causes, symptoms, and treatments for menopausal dry mouth to provide a comprehensive understanding of this often overlooked menopausal symptom.
What is Menopausal Dry-Mouth?
Having treated patients at the Online Menopause Centre for over the past two years and (peri)menopausal women in the past decade, we’ve often seen dry mouth be described as a cottony or parched feeling; however it is a surprisingly common yet under-discussed symptom among menopausal women. This symptom is frequently characterised by sticky saliva, chapped lips, and taste irregularities.
Having a dry mouth isn’t just uncomfortable – it can also lead to other issues. It can make it difficult to taste, chew, or swallow, and it might even change the way you speak. You might find that you have a sore throat more often or that your lips are cracked. Also, less saliva can make your teeth more vulnerable to cavities.
Next, we’ll be discussing what causes this drop in saliva production during menopause, and how you can manage it effectively.