When Sex Is Painful After MenopausePainful sex after menopause and VVA

How VVA affects the vaginal area

Painful sex due to menopause may be caused by a condition called vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA). VVA is a common condition that affects about half of all postmenopausal women.

After menopause, hormonal changes can lead to a variety of physical changes to the vagina, such as the loss of vaginal tissue, lubrication, and flexibility. These changes can cause symptoms like dryness, irritation, painful urination, and painful sex.


THE VAGINA BEFORE MENOPAUSE

Before menopause, there is good blood flow to the vaginal tissue, the vaginal lining is thick and moist, and the vaginal walls are flexible.

THE VAGINA AFTER MENOPAUSE

After menopause, there is less blood flow to the vaginal tissue, the vaginal lining thins and becomes dry, the vaginal flexibility decreases, and the vagina becomes narrower and shorter.

Your healthcare provider
may call painful sex
dyspareunia (pronounced
dis-pu-ROO-nee-uh).
That's the medical term for this condition.


Why you may need a treatment for painful sex

Menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats are widely known and treated, but painful sex often goes undiagnosed and untreated. And while hot flashes and night sweats typically resolve over time, painful sex due to menopause is a progressive condition that may not. It usually worsens over time and may not go away without treatment.

Women talk...about painful sex

quotes

"For a while, I was suffering in silence. I had been experiencing painful sex to the point I stopped sex almost completely."
– Norine

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INTRAROSA can reduce moderate
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