Estrogen deficiency (the Other ED™) after menopause can also cause vaginal symptoms that can have a negative impact on your relationship with your partner, your sexuality, quality of life, and self-image.
It may still be taboo to discuss vaginal dryness because it is associated with aging, but we have the chance to break the silence and open the door to individualized treatment.
Seventy-five percent of postmenopausal women suffer from vaginal dryness after going through “the change;” you are not alone!
The first step to initiating change is to become informed, to apply that information to your life, and then take action. Learning, living, doing!
How do we do that?
First, gather information: What are your symptoms? Are you suffering from postmenopausal vaginal dryness?
Second, start talking about it with your friends. How is this affecting your life physically and emotionally? It will help them too if you lead the way. This is when we start breaking down those taboo walls.
Third, discuss your symptoms with a health care provider. This can be awkward, but with some tips on how to start the conversation with the doc and what to ask, you can explore treatment options that may be right for you. We are all different with different needs and preferences.
Somewhere between step 2 and step 3, addressing your symptoms with your partner will help alleviate concerns he may have about pain you may be experiencing during sex.
I am proud to be on the GLAM™ (Great Life After Menopause) team, a women’s health initiative sponsored by Novo Nordisk, and we are on a mission to bring you information that you can apply to your life and share with others.
There is a wonderful site that is loaded with information and is fun to visit that can help you get answers to your questions so you are prepared to LEARN, LIVE, and DO!
Visit http://www.theothered.com/staness for more information on the vaginal symptoms associated with menopause and tips on how to speak with your health care provider.