Have you suffered in silence and not talked about your vaginal dryness, “burning, itching, or lack of lubrication during sexual activity”?

Meno Martha and Talking About Vaginal DrynessIn Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Vaginal Dryness (or Doing Anything About It)? the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) explain:

“It’s a common problem that only gets worse during the menopause transition; yet, no one wants to talk about it, and even fewer women are doing anything to correct it. A new study identifies those factors that contribute to the taboo problem of vaginal dryness”.

In Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Vaginal Dryness (or Doing Anything About It)? the NAMS executive director encourages us to report our symptoms:

Meno Martha and Talking About Vaginal Dryness

““Studies have confirmed that although more than half of women develop vaginal dryness as they become more postmenopausal, most do not report symptoms. Some will try lubricants as they begin to develop pain with sex,” says Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, NAMS executive director. “However, if lubricants and vaginal moisturizers are not enough, there are highly effective vaginal therapies such as vaginal estrogen tablets, creams, the low-dose ring, and the new intravaginal dehydroandrosterone. It’s shocking that less than 4% of women in the SWAN study were using these effective therapies by the end of the study period. For women, please report symptoms, and for healthcare providers, please offer safe, effective therapies””.

In Vaginal Dryness: Tips for Talking To Your Doctor About Vaginal Dryness the (British) include these and more tips:

“Discussing vaginal dryness with a healthcare professional can be daunting however it is often well worth it as they will be able to help. Here are a few tips to make the discussion as easy as possible:

  • Make a list of what you want to discuss
  • Discuss the most important or most difficult questions first
  • Write down what the doctor tells you
  • If there is anything that you don’t understand, ask for clarification
  • If you feel embarrassed take along some information with you. It can be difficult to discuss embarrassing problems face to face, but if you find information on the internet about your symptoms you can use this to help explain and avoid having to make eye contact with your GP whilst discussing the problem…”.

Depending on the Source and/or Depending on the Country a GP may be a qualified and registered general practitioner, a medical practitioner, a medical doctor or a doctor.

In Vaginal Atrophy: Diagnosis & Treatment – Preparing for Your Appointment: What To Expect From Your Doctor: the (United States) Mayo Clinic explain:

“Your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and assess your hormonal status. Questions your doctor may ask include:

  • What vaginal or urinary symptoms have you noticed?
  • How long have you had these symptoms?
  • Are you still having menstrual periods?
  • How much distress do your symptoms cause you?
  • Are you sexually active?
  • Do your symptoms limit your sexual activity?
  • Have you been treated for cancer?
  • Do you use scented soap or bubble bath?
  • Do you douche or use feminine hygiene spray?
  • What medications, vitamins or other supplements do you take?
  • Have you tried any over-the-counter moisturizers or lubricants?”

In their MenoNote Vaginal Dryness the NAMS elaborate on the treatment options nonhormonal remedies, vaginal estrogen therapy and other prescription therapies. They also note:

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

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Last Updated: 03 June 2020 – Last Revised: 16 July 2018
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