This year’s World Menopause Day theme is Sexual Wellbeing After Menopause.
Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing related to sexuality. Sexuality after menopause isn’t something women talk about with their partners, friends and even their doctors’. This MUST change.
Symptoms like poor sleep, fatigue, hot flashes, weight gain, low self-esteem, vaginal dryness, painful sex, and others, keep women from being intimate with their partners and severely impair their relationships, mental health, social functioning and quality of life. This affects thousands of woman but most think they are the only one.
A survey evaluated the impact of vulvovaginal symptoms on the sexual relationship between postmenopausal women and their male partners, it included 4100 females and 4100 males representing nine different countries. 55% of women and 61% of men reported intimacy avoidance because sex would be painful.
Most women assume this is part of aging and they must put up with it. No, women shouldn’t put up with it, women should talk to their health care providers about it -there are therapies available- lubricants, moisturizers and hormone therapy applied vaginally.
To learn more about what menopause means to your vagina read my blog, The Menopausal Vagina Dialogue:
Please read this comprehensive booklet from the International Menopause Society:
Do not suffer in silence, reach out and don’t let your vagina ruin your relationships.
Menopause shouldn’t be taboo. Let’s talk about menopause.
There’s help. I can help you!
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