Menopause and Painful Sex: What You Should Know

As the old adage goes—the truth hurts; and so can sex when you’re going through menopause.

In fact, studies show that up to half the women who experience menopause suffer some form of pain during sex. Vaginal discomfort can be the result of changes in hormone levels or a medical condition like a yeast infection or UTI. Discomfort may begin with vaginal dryness or tightness and lead to severe pain. Compounding the issue can be stress, anxiety, or depression about this discomfort.

It doesn’t have to be like this.

Your doctor may be able to help. The solution could be as simple as boosting your estrogen levels or treating a rash with an ointment. Pelvic therapy or minor outpatient surgery may be required in some instances.  Painful sex is not something you have to live with. Take care of your body, and your mind, and schedule a consultation today with Dr. Brooks.

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