If “Not tonight honey!” has become an often mantra in your bedroom we need to talk.
Is sex causing more pain than pleasure? Don’t let vaginal dryness keep you from being intimate. There’s help!
Decreased estrogen levels may cause thinning of the tissues lining the vagina and cause loss of elasticity and vaginal lubrication. Vaginal pH may increase and the flora of the vagina changes mostly after menopause. Vaginal atrophy, can cause painful sexual intercourse, lead to increased incidence of urinary tract infections and vaginal yeast infections.
This group of genital and urinary symptoms is called Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM). Contrary to hot flashes that tend to improve with time since menopause GSM worsens without treatment and the pain can intensify to the point where women avoid being sexually active. Quality of life and relationships are greatly affected.
A high percentage of postmenopausal women experience GSM and most suffer in silence, do not seek the help of an expert healthcare professional, like myself, and do not know there are treatments available.
Don’t be one of them!
Several over-the-counter products are available to relieve dryness and increase lubrication and prescription vaginal hormone therapy treats vaginal atrophy and improves symptoms.