If you have, you know exactly how painful that feels when you try to be intimate with your partner. The pain can feel like a knife or some other strange and/or sharp object is in your vagina – where it should not be! If it is not painful, it may be itchy, stinging, burning or may even bleed!
You AVOID having intimate relations or you end up experimenting with all kinds of expensive oils and commercial products just trying to get some relief! You start having doubts about whether or not you are a “good” partner. But you can’t help it!
And when you stop having relations, then your relationship suffers, you aren’t getting the healthy benefits sexual intercourse provides your body, not to mention the toxic chemicals you have put into your body! You are taking the risk of getting an infection or having an allergic reaction!
Vaginal dryness is one of the most common causes of sexual dysfunction and may be due to:
- perimenopause (early stages of menopause)
- medications for an overactive bladder
- birth control pills
These medications may also affect your sexual drive.
Menopause and vaginal dryness
Vaginal dryness affects nearly half of all women between the ages of 45 and 59. Vaginal dryness occurs due to a decrease in estrogen levels during menopause. The pH of the vagina also changes and the acidic environment becomes more alkaline.
Why does vaginal dryness appear during menopause?
The sensation of dryness of the vulva is a classic symptom in menopause, which appears due to a decrease in the synthesis of ovarian hormones by the ovaries, which are responsible for maintaining the microflora of the mucous membranes of the body. Vaginal mucus, sensitive to a decrease in the secretion of hormonal estrogens, gradually things and loses its elasticity. This also happens due to a decrease in the level of collagen and adipose tissue, caused by the natural process of aging.
Vaginal dryness may lead you to avoid sexual intimacy, which can adversely affect your libido, your stress levels, and your relationships – especially the relationship with your partner!
A few benefits of sexual intercourse for menopausal women:
- The rates of vaginal stenosis which is vaginal narrowing in a scarred-like manner and vaginal atrophy (decreased vaginal elasticity)
- Sexual intercourse provides a deepened degree of intimacy between two people
- Sexual intercourse has been shown to decrease stress levels, which in the long-term may have improved cardiac and other effects.
How to eliminate dryness in the intimate zone with menopause?
Today, there are various options for eliminating menopause vaginal dryness, for example, the use of lubricants and/or hormonal drugs. You need to know that conventional moisturizing lubricants will not be most effective during the menopause since such agents are not able to compensate for the lack of hormones. The most effective method for solving the problem of vaginal dryness in the intimate area – estradiol-based drugs, such as vaginal suppositories, rings or creams. In addition to moisturizing properties, vaginal preparations also have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic, tonic and firming effects.
If hormonal treatment with estrogen is undesirable or is not recommended by the doctor for individual indicators, lubricants and vaginal moisturizers can temporarily reduce the manifestation of unpleasant symptoms. Vaginal moisturizers will bring relief if you use them daily and for a long time, and not just during sexual intercourse. Vitamin E is also used to solve the problem of dryness during menopause. However, such local methods of treating vaginal dryness are temporary solutions and cease to have a positive effect when the patient finishes using them.
It is important to remember that any hormonal agent must be selected under the supervision of a specialist, so as not to aggravate the condition of the vagina and not provoke the occurrence of hormone-dependent neoplasms. To select individual treatment options, a preliminary clinical examination should be done.
Don’t forget to have fibroids check up once in a while, to make sure your health is doing well.