Why is it that women can openly talk about hot flashes and mood swings but when it comes to vaginal dryness during menopause, often the most bothersome of menopausal symptoms, it is taboo?
We live in an age where we see male genital dysfunction ads on a regular basis and we want vaginal dryness to get the same attention. It is often a debilitating side effect of menopause that affects a woman’s mood, sexual desire and ultimately her relationships. It shouldn’t be that women must suffer through menopause and ultimately suffer through painful sex (or no sex) with their partner. We want your intimacy renewed. We want your sexuality to be restored!
So, let’s first discuss the “why”s and how it happens.
Women begin their midlife chapter at different times. For some women, it starts earlier than for others. And for some women, it lasts longer than others. The symptoms women experience are the result of decreased production of estrogen and progesterone in your ovaries.
Generally, the physical signs of menopause, called perimenopause, starts when a woman is in her 40’s when the woman’s ovaries gradually make less estrogen. Signs and symptoms of perimenopause are extremely individual. Some of the common symptoms include irregular menstrual periods, heavy or light bleeding, insomnia, hot flashes, worsened PMS, weight gain, vaginal dryness, and possible migraines. With the change in hormones, women may also experience symptoms that effect their mood such as increased anxiety, depression, irritability and intense mood swings. It is very normal for perimenopause to last years.