Vaginal Dryness During and After Menopause

Vaginal Dryness During and After Menopause

Topic Overview

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

ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine

Current as ofJuly 18, 2018

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