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Vaginal Dryness During and After Menopause

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Many women reach postmenopause without noticing a change in their sexuality. You may find that the freedom from birth control and menstrual periods increases your sexual interest and pleasure.

Some women have vaginal dryness around the time of menopause. If sexual intercourse is painful because of vaginal dryness:

  • Lubricate the vagina with a nonprescription lubricant, such as Astroglide or K-Y Jelly, prior to having intercourse.. Avoid using petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, because it increases the risk of vaginal irritation and infection.
  • Vaginal moisturizers such as Replens or Lubrin can be used on a regular basis to help reduce vaginal dryness.
  • A low-dose vaginal estrogen (cream, tablet, or ring) can help restore thin, sensitive vaginal walls.

Credits

Current as of: November 8, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine

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