Women Menopause Symptoms – Women Embarrassed To Discuss Sex-Related Symptoms with Doctors

by Laura Ramirez on August 17, 2011

Some women menopause symptoms may go undisclosed due to embarrassment. A new survey shows that women are shy about discussing symptoms like loss of libido and vaginal dryness and atrophy with their physicians. In fact, most women delay bringing up the topic of conversation for at least two years after experiencing symptoms either because they feel that it is humiliating or because they doubt that medical doctors can do anything about what they may see as the inevitable decline of their sexual sense of self.

Obviously this is an important issue because healthy sexual expression is important to a woman’s vitality, femininity and an essential part of a good relationship, but most women suffer with these menopausal symptoms silently and slowly withdraw from participating in intimacy with their partners. To complicate the situation even further, their spouses may be having issues of their own, particularly if they’re going through andropause, or male menopause as it is commonly called.

17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — A new HealthyWomen survey of postmenopausal women reveals that many of them are embarrassed to discuss the vaginal and sexual symptoms of menopause with their health care professional and with their partner.

“There appears to be a general reluctance to discuss or address the vaginal and sexual symptoms of menopause, unfortunately resulting in many postmenopausal women learning to live with these symptoms,” said Laura Berman, PhD, assistant clinical professor of OB-GYN and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and one of the survey consultants. “The lack of communication around these common symptoms often causes women to just shut down sexually and avoid intimacy altogether. ᅠMore than half of the survey respondents who are in a committed relationship reported that their condition puts a strain on their sexual relationship.”...
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Menopause symptoms: women need to talk to their doctors about sexual health and how it is affected by menopause.

Ignoring vaginal dryness, painful intercourse and waning sexual drive will only worsen these symptoms over time. The good news is that there are solutions that effectively treat and can even reverse these symptoms. For instance for vaginal dryness, there are over-the-counter lubricants that can be ordered confidentially online as well as prescription solutions.

Women need to take charge of their sexual health as they would any other facet of their well-being. Summon the courage to bring up these issues with your doctor. Of course, not all the responsibility lies with women. Physicians should take initiative and bring up this topic with their patients. A good way to do this is to use a menopause symptoms checklist that patients can fill out, indicating various sexual problems by just putting a checkmark in a box. As always, this issue should be approached with sensitivity and respect.

How do you feel about discussing the more private, potentially embarrassing women menopause symptoms with your doctor? Have you found a good treatment to keep your libido strong and your sex life active and enjoyable? If so, please share your insights with other women who may be afraid of the social stigma around this topic.ᅠ

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