Sorry, tried to find a cute word for vagina but nether regions was too long & this symptom is very important to me and maybe can help someone else.
Several years ago my labia lips started cracking and bleeding. Went to Dr. where she discovered the ET and recommended I start hormone therapy for the nether regions (sorry, it makes me laugh to type "nether region" & we all need a good chuckle). I am post-menopausal & 63 awesome years old. Didn't want to take the hormones, tried some natural ones, but decided not for me. Thought maybe it was from being in swimming pool too much. Finally Calendula salve stopped cracking. She did casually mention that my blood test showed I was a little dehydrated & to drink more water, which I did. Always been a big water drinker, so no problem.
3 months ago things did not feel right down there and I got out a mirror and took a look. Holy moly!! The entire region was grey (the skin, not the hair), no pink at all, and the labia lips were so flat they looked like little crepes flapping around. Took forever to get an appointment and the Gynecologist said I needed to take hormones which I declined. Mentioned it to my realtor who said her Mom had the same thing and it was dehydration. Started drinking until I thought I would burst and then drank more. Did warm water massages to get blood flow back (my idea). It worked!! Lips have plumped back-up and normal color has returned, all from drinking a lot more water!
I have just found this website and love it with all the information the Drs. do not give. Received a 4 page printed handout from the Oncologist & that was it. Started hydroxyurea 1 month ago and I was told to drink plenty of water when taking hydroxy but should have been drinking massive amounts of water with just the ET.
If you wait until you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Hope this helps someone.