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Does estrogen help if sex is painful after menopause?

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Sex should never hurt. See your doctor to find out the cause. If the pain is due to menopause symptoms, your doctor may prescribe low-dose estrogen to ease vaginal dryness. Three types -- a cream, tablet, and ring -- go right into your vagina. Estrogen-like pills may also be an option. They act like estrogen in your body and help improve some vaginal tissue changes that come with menopause.

From: Menopause: When Sex Hurts WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FDA: "FDA approves Osphena for postmenopausal women experiencing pain during sex."

Harvard Medical School: "Painful sex after menopause is common and treatable,"

"When sex gives more pain than pleasure."

Kingsberg, S. , July 2013. Journal of Sexual Medicine

National Health Service UK: "Sex After the Menopause."

National Women's Health Network: "Strategies for Staying Sexual After Menopause."

North American Menopause Society: "Effective Treatments for Sexual Problems," "Pain in the Vulva or Pelvis," "Pain With Penetration," "Vaginal Discomfort."

Stewart, E. , Bantam Books, 2002. The V Book: A Doctor's Guide to Complete Vulvovaginal Health

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 04, 2018

SOURCES:

FDA: "FDA approves Osphena for postmenopausal women experiencing pain during sex."

Harvard Medical School: "Painful sex after menopause is common and treatable,"

"When sex gives more pain than pleasure."

Kingsberg, S. , July 2013. Journal of Sexual Medicine

National Health Service UK: "Sex After the Menopause."

National Women's Health Network: "Strategies for Staying Sexual After Menopause."

North American Menopause Society: "Effective Treatments for Sexual Problems," "Pain in the Vulva or Pelvis," "Pain With Penetration," "Vaginal Discomfort."

Stewart, E. , Bantam Books, 2002. The V Book: A Doctor's Guide to Complete Vulvovaginal Health

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 04, 2018

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