Menopause: Vaginal Dryness Can Be Relieved by Using Hormone Therapy

by Laura Ramirez on August 19, 2011

Menopause vaginal dryness may be a symptom that you don’t discuss much with friends, your husband or your doctor. Turns out even the sexually liberated women of today are embarrassed to discuss menopause symptoms that have to do with sex—dryness, pain during intercourse and loss of sexual desire or libido—with their doctors.

This is an unfortunate situation because women do not have to suffer in humiliation and silence. In fact these symptoms can respond quickly to treatment with bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses natural hormones derived from plants to make exact replicas of the hormones in women’s bodies. Although all hormone therapy should be monitored by a doctor, it is believed that this form of therapy is very safe.

A woman’s body needs a lot of moisture and often comes up short. Women may experience dry skin, dry eyes, dry hair and, yes, even dry lady-parts. Vaginal dryness can occur at any age, but is particularly common during and after menopause. But it’s not something you have to live with — it can be easily treated.

“Vaginal dryness is the chief complaint of many of my female patients,” says Dr. Shuck, who specializes in the treatment of hormonal imbalances. “When a woman has too much progesterone and not enough estrogen, it can result in the thinning and drying of the vaginal wall, making sex uncomfortable and sometimes downright painful. By balancing these hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), it’s possible to counteract the effects of vaginal dryness and other symptoms that may be affecting your sex drive.”.

Of course there other ways of treating symptoms like dryness and the painful intercourse that is often caused as a result. If you do not want to use hormone therapy of any kind or if you can’t due to prior bouts with cancer, you can use an herbal lubricant that will add moisture and eliminate pain. This is important because in addition to releasing feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain, regular sex probably prevents vaginal atrophy and is part of the use-it-or-lose-it principle. Of course, more important, it keeps you physically, emotionally and spiritually connected to your partner.

If you suffer from menopause, vaginal dryness or other menopause symptoms be sure to disucss this topic with your doctor. Whatever you do, don’t suffer in silence just because of a couple of moments of potential embarrassment. After all, your doctor is a trained professional and should not make you feel awkward about such questions.

If you’ve found something that works well for sexual symptoms of menopause, please leave your tips below.

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