Vaginal moisturizers, lubricants, and medications can all help ease vaginal dryness and make sex more comfortable. When your estrogen levels decline, you can also experience vaginal dryness , which can lead to painful sex. The good news is that there are many things you can do to improve vaginal lubrication, reduce pain, and make sex feel good again. Here are six options to try.
6 Ways to Ease Painful Sex During and After Menopause
How to End Painful Sex and Dryness During Menopause
Millions of women experience pain before, during, or after sexual intercourse—a medical condition called dyspareunia. This common problem can sap sexual desire and pleasure, strain relationships, and erode a woman's quality of life. For postmenopausal women, in particular, it can bring up issues of aging and body image. Many women suffer in silence because they're embarrassed or can't find a doctor who specializes in problems of this nature. The May issue of the Harvard Women's Health Watch describes how dyspareunia can be treated, and guides women to get the help they need.
Women’s Wellness: Painful sex after menopause
Pleasurable sex after menopause is within your grasp. Vaginal burning and irritation after sex are not acceptable. Insertion of the penis should not feel like something is tearing. Penetration should not feel like sandpaper.
Estimates vary, but surveys of postmenopausal women not on hormone therapy report dyspareunia in as many as 20 to 30 percent. Most women complain of superficial pain, which occurs upon vaginal penetration. Often, the pain has a sharp or burning quality.