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Menopause vaginal dryness can result in painful sex, itching and burning and other symptoms we may not necessarily associate with menopause, including urinary symptoms.

Vaginal Dryness

What is the association between vaginal dryness and menopause?

In Vaginal Dryness After Menopause: How To Treat It? published 07 December 2022, the author explains:


Menopause and Vaginal Dryness

“Vaginal dryness is a hallmark sign of the genitourinary syndrome of menopause, also known as atrophic vaginitis or vaginal atrophy. With this condition, vaginal tissues become thinner and more easily irritated — resulting from the natural decline in your body’s estrogen levels during menopause”.

In Looking After Yourself: Sex and Relationships – What Can Affect Your Sex Life? Dry Vagina and Pain During Sex the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explain:

“The loss of oestrogen at menopause causes changes in the tissues of your vagina and vulva. This means your vagina becomes drier and less elastic, which can lead to vaginal irritation, vaginal atrophy and pain during sex”.

Common or Not

How common is vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA)?

On page one in Could Altering Vaginal Microbiome Treat Vaginal Dryness and Painful Sex During Menopause? published 25 January 2023, according to the NAMS:

“It is estimated that VVA occurs in approximately 50% of menopausal women”.

Vaginal Dryness Treatment Options

What are some vaginal dryness treatment options?

In Vaginal Dryness: Treatment Options, published December 2022, the North American Menopause Society elaborate on:

  • “Nonhormone Remedies
    • Vaginal Lubricants…
    • Vaginal Moisturizers…
    • Regular Sexual Stimulation…
    • Expanding Your Views of Sexual Pleasure…
    • Vaginal Dilators…
    • Pelvic Floor Exercises…
  • Vaginal Hormone Therapy…
    • Low-dose local estrogen…
    • FDA-approved low-dose vaginal estrogen products…
    • Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA; Prasterone)
    • Low-dose vaginal estrogen or DHEA and a history breast or uterine cancer…
  • Systemic Estrogen Therapy
  • Other Therapies…
    • Ospemifene
    • Vaginal Laser Therapy…”.

Vaginal Oestrogen

How effective is vaginal oestrogen?

In the Joint Position Statement By the British Menopause Society, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Society for Endocrinology on Best Practice Recommendations for the Care of Women Experiencing the Menopause, first published online 10 June 2022, one of the recommendations is:

  • “Low-dose and ultra-low dose vaginal oestrogen preparations can be taken by perimenopausal and menopausal women experiencing genitourinary symptoms and continued for as long as required. All vaginal oestrogen preparations have been shown to be effective in this context and there is no requirement to combine vaginal oestrogens with systemic progestogen treatment for endometrial protection, as low-dose and ultra-low dose vaginal oestrogen preparations do not result in significant systemic absorption or endometrial hyperplasia”.

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What if I think I have vaginal dryness?

On page three in Vaginal Dryness: What To Do Next the (British) Women’s Health Concern explain:

“Recognising that vaginal dryness is normal and common is the first step to helping yourself. The next is to talk to your doctor, who can recommend a treatment to suit you”.

On page two in Vaginal Dryness: Treatment Options the NAMS note:

Notes: Vaginal and vulvar symptoms not related to menopause include yeast infections, allergic reactions, and certain skin conditions, so consult your healthcare professional if symptoms do not improve with treatment”.

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World Cancer Day 2024 on 4 February can remind us to check we are up to date with our screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal or bowel cancer and skin cancer.

World Cancer Day 2024

What is World Cancer Day 2024?

In World Cancer Day Theme: A Leading International Awareness Day the Union for International Cancer Control explain:

“World Cancer Day held every 4 February is the global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). By raising worldwide awareness, improving education and catalysing personal, collective and government action, we are all working together to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equitable for all – no matter who you are or where you live”.
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Menopause

Is there an association between menopause and the risk of cancer?

In Menopause FAQs: Your Health After Menopause – Q. Is there any relationship between menopause and cancer? the North American Menopause Society note:

“A. No, menopause itself doesn’t increase the risk of cancer. Cancers are more common as people age, however. Most cancers occur in people age 55 and older”.

Breast Cancer

When does breast cancer mainly occur in women?

In Breast Cancer: About Breast Cancer – Key Statistics for Breast Cancer: How Common Is Breast Cancer? last revised 17 January 2024, the American Cancer Society [ACS] elaborate on:

“Breast cancer mainly occurs in middle-aged and older women. The median age at the time of breast cancer diagnosis is 62. This means half of the women who developed breast cancer are 62 years of age or younger when they are diagnosed. A very small number of women diagnosed with breast cancer are younger than 45”.
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Cervical Cancer

When is cervical cancer most frequently diagnosed in women?

In Cervical Cancer: About Cervical Cancer – Key Statistics for Cervical Cancer: How Common Is Cervical Cancer? last revised 17 January 2024, the ACS elaborate on:

“Cervical cancer is most frequently diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 44, with the average age being 50. It rarely develops in women younger than 20.

Many older women don’t realize that they are still at risk of developing cervical cancer as they age. More than 20% of cervical cancers are found in women over 65. However, these cancers rarely occur in women who have been getting regular tests to screen for cervical cancer before they were 65”.

Colorectal Cancer

How common is colorectal or bowel cancer?

In Colorectal Cancer: About Colorectal Cancer – Key Statistics for Colorectal Cancer: How Common Is Colorectal Cancer? last revised 17 January 2024, the ACS elaborate on:

“The rate of people being diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer each year has dropped overall since the mid-1980s, mainly because more people are getting screened and changing their lifestyle-related risk factors. From 2011 to 2019, incidence rates dropped by about 1% each year. But this downward trend is mostly in older adults. In people younger than 55, rates have been increasing by 1% to 2% a year since the mid-1990s”.

Prevention

What do the UICC explain about prevention?

In What Is Cancer? the UICC note:

  • “…More than 40% of cancer-related death could be preventable as they are linked to modifiable risk factors such as smoking, alcohol use, poor diet and physical inactivity
  • Almost at least one third of all deaths related to cancer could be prevented through routine screening, and early detection and treatment”…

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Menopause Videos 2024 What’s Hot showcases some evidence-based menopause videos by menopause societies and other international sources.

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The International Menopause Society have announced “The theme for World Menopause Day 2023 is Cardiovascular Disease”.

World Menopause Day

When is World Menopause Day (WMD) held?

In World Menopause Day the International Menopause Society (IMS) explain:

“World Menopause Day is held every year on the 18th of October. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing”.

World Menopause Day 2023

What is the theme for WMD 2023?

In World Menopause Day the IMS have announced:

“The theme for World Menopause Day 2023 is Cardiovascular Disease”.
World Menopause Day 2023 What’s Hot

Patient Information Leaflet

What do the IMS explain in their WMD 2023 Patient Information Leaflet about cardiovascular disease?

World Menopause Day 2023 What’s HotOn page two in their Patient Information Leaflet – Cardiovascular Disease: What Women Need to Know the IMS explain:

“Breast cancer is often believed to be the number one cause of death and disability in women. In reality, it is cardiovascular disease. The number of cases of cardiovascular disease is high… and continuing to rise.

But by understanding more about the causes and impacts of cardiovascular disease, you can take steps to reduce your risk.

Here’s what every woman needs to know…”.

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Last Updated: 01 February 2024 – Last Revised: 01 February 2024

The International Menopause Society usually announce the theme for World Menopause Day closer to World Menopause Month which is held in October.

World Menopause Day

When is World Menopause Day (WMD) held?

In World Menopause Day the International Menopause Society (IMS) explain:

“World Menopause Day is held every year on the 18th of October. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing”.

World Menopause Day 2024

What is the theme for WMD 2024?

The IMS usually announce the theme for WMD closer to World Menopause Month which is held in October.

World Menopause Day 2023

What was the theme for WMD 2023?

In World Menopause Day the IMS announced:

“The theme for World Menopause Day 2023 is Cardiovascular Disease”.
World Menopause Day 2024 What’s Hot

Patient Information Leaflet

What do the IMS explain in their WMD 2023 Patient Information Leaflet about cardiovascular disease?

World Menopause Day 2024 What’s HotOn page two in their Patient Information Leaflet – Cardiovascular Disease: What Women Need to Know the IMS explain:

“Breast cancer is often believed to be the number one cause of death and disability in women. In reality, it is cardiovascular disease. The number of cases of cardiovascular disease is high… and continuing to rise.

But by understanding more about the causes and impacts of cardiovascular disease, you can take steps to reduce your risk.

Here’s what every woman needs to know…”.

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Complementary and Integrative Health and Menopause Snapshot can be a place to start if you are searching for evidence-based information about complementary and integrative health and menopause.

Menopause Symptoms

What is known about the use of complementary and integrative health for the management of menopause symptoms?

In Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Treatment: Alternative Medicine, published 25 May 2023, the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:


Complementary and Integrative Health and Menopause Snapshot“Many approaches have been promoted as aids in managing the symptoms of menopause, but few of them have scientific evidence to back up the claims. Some complementary and alternative treatments that have been or are being studied include:

  • Plant Estrogens (Phytoestrogens)…
  • Bioidentical Hormones…
  • Black Cohosh…
  • Yoga…
  • Acupuncture…
  • Hypnosis…”.

Herbal Therapies

Are herbal therapies safe?

On page one in Complementary & Alternative Therapies: Non Hormonal Treatments for Menopause Symptoms, reviewed November 2023, the (British) Women’s Health Concern note:

“One of the powerful messages coming from the NICE Guideline is that herbal remedies which are not regulated by a medicine authority should not be considered safe for all, as there is much variety in their effectiveness and potency and that there may be significant side effects or interactions. The same warning is given for compounded bioidentical hormone therapy which is also not regulated or subject to the same quality control as conventional HRT”.

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Early Menopause Snapshot can be a place to start for evidence-based information about early menopause. Are you between 40 and 45 years?

Early MenopauseEarly Menopause Snapshot

What is early menopause

In Premature and Early Menopause the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health’s (JH) definition of early menopause is:

“Early menopause is when your final period happens between the ages of 40 and 45”.

Premature MenopauseEarly Menopause Snapshot

What is premature menopause

In Premature and Early Menopause the JH’s definition of premature menopause is:

“Premature menopause is when your final period happens before the age of 40 years”.

Different Differences

How are early menopause and premature menopause different?

In Early or Premature Menopause: What Is the Difference Between Early and Premature Menopause? the Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov elaborate on:

“Early or premature menopause happens when ovaries stop making hormones and periods stop at a younger age than usual (the average age for menopause in the United States is 52). This can happen naturally or for a medical reason, such as when both ovaries are removed in a hysterectomy.

Early and premature menopause can have the same causes. The only difference is the age at which it happens. Menopause that happens before age 45 is called early menopause. Menopause that happens before age 40 is called premature menopause.

Women who have gone through early or premature menopause cannot get pregnant”.

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