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Why does sex after menopause hurt?

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After menopause, pain from sex is most likely due to hormone changes. Dwindling estrogen due to menopause is the No. 1 reason for sex pain at midlife and beyond. Hormone shifts make the tissues in your vagina become thin and dry. Dryness can add friction during sex. Your vagina also stretches less, which makes it feel tight.

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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