Are You Living With Vaginal Atrophy?
The symptoms of menopause we DON'T talk about.
Menopause is a natural part of the aging process. It can be the start of one of the most productive and satisfying times in a woman's life. It can also bring some uncomfortable changes that need to be managed.
Many women anticipate and talk about symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes or difficulty sleeping. But just as common — and less talked about — are uncomfortable symptoms like these:
- Vaginal dryness
- Vaginal itching and burning
- Pain with intercourse
- Urgent or painful urination
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Bleeding during intercourse
- Pain when touching
These may be signs of atrophic vaginitis, also called vaginal atrophy.
When it comes to painful intercourse, silence is NOT golden.
Pain during intercourse due to vaginal atrophy can have an emotional impact on you by interfering with your ability to enjoy intimacy. In fact, pain and discomfort in the area of the vagina and external genital area can range from mildly annoying to debilitating. Open communication with your health care professional and your partner can make a difference.
Remember, your health care professional is the main source of information about you and your health. Please consult your health care professional if you have any questions about your health or your medications.