For those over 50, it can still be uncomfortable to talk about. This is why many women suffer from sexual dysfunctions and never get help. However, for those who can work up the courage to speak to a doctor specializing in sexual health, women can often find remedies for just about any sexual issue. It is believed that nearly 50 percent of women who have reached menopause suffer from vaginal dryness, which leads to painful intercourse. Still yet, this is a topic that many women fail to bring up when talking with their doctors.
But take for example Joan Boone. She was 39 when she stopped getting her period and entered into menopause. Her vagina would not lubricate itself, becoming so dry that she endured extreme pain when having sex. After more than a decade of suffering, she finally decided to talk with her doctor about the dryness and pain. Much to her surprise, a quick fix was available, and it came in the form of an estrogen pill that she inserted into her vagina two times a week. The pill restored her vagina’s ability to lubricate itself, and she is not enduring pain anymore during sex.
Women who have minimal and less severe symptoms of menopause may find that an over-the-counter water-based lubricant is all that is needed to help with lubrication issues. On the other hand, for those with severe dryness, creams and/or tablets should be used. There is also a vaginal ring that can be inserted into the vagina and left in for three months at a time that releases hormones, helping the vagina to lubricate itself.
When using any of the medicines mentioned above, it is imperative that a woman be carefully and regularly monitored by a doctor. In rare cases, the use of estrogen medications will cause the uterine lining to become overstimulated, which can lead to endometrial cancer.
Do you experience vaginal dryness? If so, take comfort in knowing that your sex life doesn’t have to suffer! With one visit to your doctor, you can be on your way to improving your sexual health.