Vaginal dryness is a common symptom of menopause — and about one out of every three women experiences it while going through “the change.” And it becomes even more common after menopause. And if you let this condition go, it can progress into vaginal atrophy. This is exactly where the lining of your vagina thins to the point that sex becomes impossible without pain and bleeding. While it may seem like a minor irritation, the lack of vaginal moisture can have a huge impact on a woman’s sex life.
What causes vaginal dryness? Normally, the walls of the vagina stay lubricated with a thin layer of clear fluid. The hormone estrogen helps maintain that fluid and keeps the lining of the vagina healthy, thick, and elastic. During menopause, the drop in estrogen levels reduces the amount of moisture available. It also makes the vagina thinner and less elastic. This is called vaginal atrophy.
The most common menopause vaginal dryness treatment is topical estrogen therapy. Topical estrogen replaces some of the hormone your body is no longer making. That helps relieve vaginal symptoms, but it doesn’t put as much estrogen in the bloodstream as oral estrogen hormone therapy.
Despite the high number of women experiencing problems related to vaginal dryness it is still a silent problem that many people feel embarrassed to talk to their partners, friends and even doctors about. Only a quarter of women with these problems actually seek treatment.
Women spend a third of their lives in a post-menopausal state and they need to make sure that they maintain the quality of life that they had before the menopause. Vaginal dryness does not need to be treated as an inevitable part of growing older – something can be done about it.
At The Healthy Choice Compounding Pharmacy, we specialize in BHRT which can be used for the hormone imbalances women face before, during and after menopause. Call or stop by to speak with Phil Altman.