It’s a common condition in menopause that impacts every aspect of our lives. Vaginal atrophy makes our intimate area dry, causes painful sex and even urinary leaking. We may also develop insecurities as a result of vaginal changes. Over 50% of vaginal discomforts are due to vaginal atrophy.
When it comes to menopause symptoms, hot flashes are always in the spotlight. However, we rarely talk about vaginal atrophy or any other subject about sexual health. Guess what? We are going to unravel the nitty-gritty details about vaginal atrophy here!v
The vagina is a muscle, and like any other muscle in the body, it also feels the passage of time. The vagina loses its youthful elasticity and natural moisture. It also shrinks and narrows.
Good news is, there are plenty of ways to slow down aging in our intimate area. Of course, we may never get the “vagina of our youth”, but we can still keep it healthy!
HOW DOES MENOPAUSE CAUSE VAGINAL ATROPHY?
Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are called sex hormones for a reason! They work together to maintain the health of every organ in our reproductive system.
These hormones increase blood supply, strengthen the walls, maintain pH balance and keep moisture in our vaginal area. Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone also activate arousal and lubrication during sex.
In menopause, these hormones naturally decrease. As a result, the walls of the vagina thin and secretions cease. Sex becomes painful, and on top of this, low hormones affect libido so we might avoid having sex. Because of this, some women say that they could live the rest of their lives without sex.
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