Women experience different symptoms during menopause such as sexual intercourse or vaginal dryness. This does not mean you are in any way celibate or doomed. During menopause, the symptoms that manifest within your vagina and vulva all narrow down to the hormones.
Perimenopause is the change which takes place just before you experience menopause. This condition manifests during your late 30s and is a clear indication that the estrogen-production days of your ovaries are in their final stretch. Once you reach menopause which is about 51 year’s estrogen production halts completely.
Estrogen is mainly responsible for keeping your vaginal walls lubricated. When the amount of this hormone begins to dip, you will feel totally dry. The tissues lining your vagina and vulva becomes much more delicate and thin. As your vagina becomes less elastic its diameter, depth, and opening shrink. The pH level becomes less acidic returning into levels only witnessed before striking puberty. The low acidity is responsible for discomfort, dryness, and painful sex. In as much as this might sound awful, there is a lot of help available.
Here are a few of the top remedies.
These vaginal moisturizers should not be confused with lubricants. You should use it frequently whether you are having sex or not. This greatly helps in moisturizing the area around your vaginal wall linings and skin once it’s absorbed into your skin. The moisturizers may be used either daily or weekly to reduce some of the symptoms such as burning, itching, dryness and irritation.
A moisturizer might turn out to be insufficient when becoming intimate. For extra comfort, you can use sex lubricants which are either oil-based, water-based or silicone-based.
One great pick is coconut oil which not only acts as a lubricant but an anti-fungal/antibacterial. However, they are inadvisable for use with latex condoms as this might cause them to break.
If the Over the Counter drugs are not giving you the satisfaction you seek you may opt for prescription vaginal estrogen which arrives in the form of an insert or cream. Careful application of estrogen results in pain relieves and dryness which is much safer than a hormone pill as it does not circulate through your bloodstream before it arrives at its destination.
In as much as the waning estrogen levels might contribute to falling moisture and blood flow to your vagina, sexual intercourse can reverse this. Regular sexual intercourse will prevent your vagina from tightening. You can read this for more tips on how you can restore the tightness of your vagina.