Painful sex for women after menopause is the subject of our interview with Dr. Donnica Moore, a physician and leading women’s health expert. Treatments are available, she says.
Q: What are some of the physical issues that cause painful sex after menopause?
A: The number one cause of painful sex during menopause is dyspareunia, a symptom of vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA). When estrogen levels drop during menopause, the vaginal walls become thinner, which can lead to uncomfortable side effects in women, including pain during sex. Approximately 32 million menopausal women in the U.S. experience VVA.
Q: How common a problem is painful sex after menopause?
A: There are millions of women experiencing painful sex due to menopause, yet only 22% of postmenopausal women age 50+ have discussed sexual issues with a physician.
Q: Why do so many women suffer in silence – not even telling their doctors about it?
A: Many women feel shame about admitting they have this condition. And, while physical changes are often a natural consequence of hormonal changes, just because they’re common doesn’t mean they’re acceptable or untreatable.
Q: What should women do if they’re experiencing these symptoms?
A: Sex after menopause should not be painful. Don’t be afraid to speak up – these are things that should be treated sooner rather than later. Start a conversation with your doctor and partner if you’re experiencing painful sex due to menopause.
Q: Are there treatments available that can help?
A: Moderate to severe painful sex due to menopause is a treatable medical condition. While lubricants can make sex more comfortable in the short-term, it won’t address the underlying issue. There are a number of prescription treatment options available. One of them, Osphena is an oral, non-estrogen pill that helps repair and rebuild specific vaginal tissue and can significantly relieve this symptom.
Q: Where can women find more information?
A: Women can find more information and treatment savings at www.painfulsexaftermenopause.com.
by: Donnica Moore
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