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
THE VAGINA AFTER MENOPAUSE
Your healthcare provider
may call painful sex
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
"For a while, I was suffering in silence. I had been experiencing painful sex to the point I stopped sex almost completely."