Suffering in Silence with Pain During Intimacy After Menopause – Expert Advice from Dr. Lisa Masterson
When it comes to menopause, most women are prepared for hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. However, one of the most common symptoms of menopause is one that is rarely talked about: dyspareunia or pain during intimacy (intercourse). This condition is a symptom of vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA), which is the result of decreasing estrogen levels due to aging.
It is estimated that 50% of postmenopausal women experience VVA symptoms and that 40% of those women experience painful intercourse. Unfortunately, many women accept this painful condition as an inevitable part of menopause.
Healthcare providers often hesitate to bring up the subject for fear of embarrassing their patients and women are reluctant to address such an intimate subject themselves. The result is that many women end up suffering in silence at the expense of the closeness they once shared with their partners.
Intimacy after menopause is healthy and important. Dr. Lisa Masterson, former co-host of the popular TV series, The Doctors, wants postmenopausal women who are experiencing painful intercourse to know that treatment options are available and encourages women to talk to their healthcare provider about which treatment option is right for them.
In an interview, Dr. Masterson discussed everything women should know about the menopause journey, including symptoms, causes, and treatment options.