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  • Sex and Menopause

    1 posts, 1 voices, 730 views, started Jan 26, 2009

    Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 by Beverly Mahone

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    • Garnett
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      Yesterday I wrote a blog about sex and menopause.  It has created quite a bit of discussion (http://www.menopausemama.wordpress.com )so I thought I’d bring the discussion over here since the majority of you probably don’t read my menopause blog.  

      Here’s the post:

      Sex can be a serious issue when it comes to menopause.  Why?  The lining of your vagina becomes drier and thinner during the menopause. It makes less mucus (the fluid that keeps your vagina moist and healthy). This can cause dryness and itching. Because it is drier, your vagina is more at risk of becoming infected or inflamed, and the vaginal tissue is more likely to tear.

      If your vagina is dry, you may find that sex is painful. The outside part of your sexual organs, called the vulva, may also become drier and thinner. These changes are caused by a drop in the levels of estrogen that your ovaries make.  If you're in menopause and ever experienced bleeding after sex, it is probably due to a tear in the vaginal tissue.

      This is a subject some women feel uncomfortable discussing with their husbands but I say if you want to continue to enjoy a healthy and happy sex life, you owe it to your partner to discuss your body changes and get him to work with you on making your intimacy enjoyable and painless.

      So now let me ask you this:  Do you honestly think you can discuss vaginal dryness with your husband?  Will he be receptive and understanding?



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