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What can I do about painful sex since menopause?

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The pain you have during sex may be because of vaginal dryness associated with declining estrogen levels during menopause. Talk to your doctor about possible causes of painful intercourse. There are a number of lubricants you can try to relieve the symptoms. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a suggestion. There are also local estrogen treatments -- cream, tablets, and an estrogen ring -- that treat vaginal dryness. A oral drug taken once a day, Osphena, is also available. The drug makes vaginal tissue thicker and less fragile, resulting in less pain for women during sex.

SOURCES:
The Women's Health Center at The Cleveland Clinic.
WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Hot Flashes." WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Is Hormone Therapy Helpful at All?"
The National Institutes of Health: Women's Health Institute.
News release, FDA.
 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 29, 2020

SOURCES:
The Women's Health Center at The Cleveland Clinic.
WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Hot Flashes." WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Is Hormone Therapy Helpful at All?"
The National Institutes of Health: Women's Health Institute.
News release, FDA.
 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 29, 2020

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