VAGINAL DRYNESS is a tough topic, but because one in four women suffer from it, women need to know about this problem.
The vagina, bladder and urethra are sensitive to drops in oestrogen that occur at menopause.
A study of 500 menopausal women who experienced vaginal discomfort, found the following:
- Over two-thirds of women and more than three-quarters of men said vaginal discomfort caused them to avoid sex due to concerns about pain.
- Almost one out of five women said vaginal discomfort caused emotional distance between them and their partners.
- One third of the women didn’t feel comfortable discussing vaginal issues with their partner.
The problem is simple ignorance. Here are some facts you should know:
- Less oestrogen causes the walls and muscles around the vagina to thin and lose strength by atrophy, which leads to dryness.
- About half of all post-menopausal women will experience symptoms of vaginal atrophy.
- Symptoms also include pain during sex and vaginal itching, discharge and pain.
- However, only one in four women seek medical advice for their vaginal discomfort because embarrassment or the belief that symptoms will get better.
- Vaginal dryness can be treated safely and easily a locally-applied oestrogen ointment.
- In a study of women who had tried various forms of local oestrogen treatment, vaginal tablets became the most preferred option because they were effective and convenient. Women also reported a longer duration of tablet use in comparison to vaginal cream.
- 40% of women who used local oestrogen treatments reported feeling “happy that their body was working again”.?