Treating Painful Intercourse During Menopause

| Posted On Aug 07, 2017 | By:

Hot flashes, weight gain, and difficulty sleeping – these are all commonly discussed issues that women encounter during perimenopause and menopause. Painful intercourse is something women may be a bit more hesitant to discuss, but it shouldn’t be because it’s a problem that many women experience during this transitional time in their life. The fact is, as we age, our skin collagen decreases and this can lead to less cushioning between the skin and our pelvic bones as well as a decrease in lubrication. Our skin also thins and is more easily irritated. These changes can cause discomfort with penetration and sometimes external friction during sexual relations.

The good news is that there are several ways to help decrease pain during intercourse and improve your satisfaction:

If these at-home remedies don’t work, it’s time to consult your primary care provider or gynecologist, who can perform a careful examination to rule out other causes of pain including infection, non-hormonal skin problems, or pelvic floor muscle injuries. Your provider may recommend a prescription for vaginal estrogen to help rebuild some vulvar and vaginal skin pliability and natural lubrication. These come in the form of creams, pills, or rings, and your provider can discuss these options with you.

For women who are experiencing physical challenges that are interfering with their quality of life during menopause, Atrius Health offers Menopause Consultation Services to our patients at our Kenmore and Chestnut Hill/West Roxbury practices.

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