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Menopause Associated Vaginal Dryness

Menopause-associated vaginal dryness is a result of decreased estrogen. This leads to thinning of the vaginal mucosa, decreased elasticity, and changes in the bio flora. Read more...
 

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Is it common for women to experience vaginal dryness during menopause?



Studies show that the majority of postmenopausal women deal with vaginal dryness associated with menopause at over 60% but less than 25% actually find adequate management options. Much of this disparity has to do with multiple factors. Many women do not even discuss this condition as they may assume it is associated with the natural aging process.




Why do women experience vaginal dryness during menopause?



Menopause-associated vaginal dryness is a result of decreased estrogen. This leads to thinning of the vaginal mucosa, decreased elasticity, and changes in the bio flora.



 


 

Are there any ways to treat or manage vaginal dryness?



Addressing vaginal dryness can come in the form of lubricants and moisturizers, hormonal therapies, and laser options.


Lubricants and vaginal moisturizers are considered first-line therapy. The challenge is the lack of consumer education surrounding these products.





What are lubricants?



Lubricants are intended for a short-term effect such as right before intercourse. They are non-hormonal. Lubricants can be water-based, silicone-based, or oil-based.


Water-based lubricants are thought to be the least irritating and often contain glycerin. They are known to dry quickly and can trigger yeast infections by altering the pH of the skin.


Silicone-based lubricants are stickier and difficult to wash off.


Oil-based lubricants may last longer and be less sticky but cannot be used with latex condoms as these can interact and damage the latex. There is a noted increased risk of a urinary tract infection.



 


 

What is a vaginal moisturizer?



Vaginal moisturizers are actually likely a better product to seek for routine use. These have a longer-lasting effect and several studies show their effect to be similar to using estrogen. They are intended to be used daily or every other day or every third day.


By hydrating the vaginal mucosa routinely, there is a long-term benefit to the overall impact that vaginal moisturizers can have on the dryness, burning, itching, discomfort, burning on urination, and vaginal pain that women often experience. Choose a hyaluronic gel-based product for this benefit.




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