Vaginal Dryness and Muscle Tone During Perimenopause and Postmenopause
Many women reach
postmenopause without noticing a change in their
sexuality. You may find that the freedom from birth control and menstrual
periods increases your sexual interest and pleasure.
have physical symptoms, such as vaginal dryness and loss of vaginal muscle
tone, that require adjustments around the time of
menopause. If sexual intercourse is painful because of
The term "hormone replacement therapy" or HRT, refers to hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone that are taken daily to stabilize and increase a menopausal woman's hormone levels. It's good to know all the options that are available, from pills to patches, creams, and vaginal rings. Your doctor can explain them.
Lubricate the vagina with a nonprescription
lubricant, such as Astroglide, or a polyunsaturated vegetable oil that does not
contain preservatives. Avoid using petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, because
it increases the risk of vaginal irritation and infection.