When it comes to menopause, women have come a long way. Many women are embracing this new life stage rather than dreading it, and are readily trading tips on the best ways to deal with the changes that often come with the territory. But there is one symptom of vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA) due to menopause that many women still aren't talking about – moderate to severe painful intercourse.
The medical term for painful intercourse is dyspareunia (pronounced "dis-puh-ROO-nee-uh"), and it is one of the most bothersome symptoms of VVA.
Never heard of this condition? Experiencing painful intercourse but feeling too awkward or embarrassed to talk about it? You are not alone. Women need to come together and address this, as intercourse after menopause doesn't need to be painful – and that's why we've created this new campaign, Finding the Words.
It's hard to believe that painful intercourse due to menopause impacts so many women and just isn't being discussed. Not with spouses, partners, close friends or even healthcare providers. But why? There's no reason to live in silence.
While at first it may feel out of your comfort zone, it's time to leave your embarrassment at the door and start speaking up. Finding the Words will provide you with information, tools and resources to help you better understand why intercourse can be very painful after menopause, and why it is important to find your voice. The more women who are able to begin this conversation, the more who can get help.
It is time to break the silence and get the conversation started with your healthcare provider. And while you're at it, why not add this to the list of topics for your next girlfriend get-together?
Until next time!