During menopause there is a natural decline in the bodies oestrogen. This change can result in the tissues in the vagina and surrounding area become thinner and dryer, known as Vulvovaginal Atrophy (VVA) or Gentiourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM) this symptom is experienced by 60% of peri and post menopausal women. This dryness can result in daily discomfort, itchiness, burning and result in pain during intimacy or smear tests.
During menopause a woman’s body slowly makes less of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone
Studies show that approximately 50% of post-menopausal women will experience VVA related symptoms, such as:
- Vaginal dryness
- Painful intercourse (Dyspareunia)
- Trouble with urination
- Inflamed tissues
Many women will spend up to 40% of their lives in the postmenopausal stage
Although experiencing all this discomfort, women frequently do not report their vaginal symptoms to their GP and so they remain untreated. HRT (hormone replacement therapy) is a treatment option that many women find effective in managing their symptoms of menopause and this should always be discussed with a GP.
YES vaginal moisturiser can provide additional daily relief from vaginal symptoms either alongside HRT or as a natural alternative. YES lubricants (either oil based or water based) are formulated to provide an additional lubrication to make intercourse comfortable and enjoyable.
If sexual activity has become painful, Ohnut is the first intimate wearable that allows couples to explore comfortable penetration depths. The regular use of SoulSource vaginal dilators may be helpful to restore confidence and a healthy and enjoyable intimate life.
Approximately 55% women going through menopause don’t seek counselling or do anything at all to treat symptoms.