Symptoms Of Menopause - Vaginal Dryness
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Vaginal Dryness

Many women will experience vaginal dryness.  Beginning as early as the perimenopause phase, the vagina may weaken or shrink and produce fewer secretions.  Due to a decrease in estrogen, the vaginal tissue can be easily injured.  Also, decreased acidity of the vagina can lead to infections.  A thinning of the tissue lining in the vagina may lead to pain during intercourse. Vaginal dryness can also occur, as may itching or irritation. Although few women experience serious problems with vaginal dryness after menopause, both dryness and thinning continue to occur over time. Researchers estimate that more than 50% of all women age 60 and older have some degree of vaginal dryness. 

Other causes of vaginal dryness include medications, such as antihistamines, oral contraceptives, fertility medications, some chemotherapy and other prescription medications. 

Physical conditions such as stress, vigorous exercise, recent childbirth and/or breastfeeding, and hysterectomy can contribute to vaginal dryness, irritation and discomfort. 

A discussion with your health care provider will help determine the cause of vaginal dryness. 

Treatment options are numerous and include:

1) Avoiding irritating soaps to the genital region.

2) Increasing water intake to help the body enhance secretions.

3) Using water based vaginal lubricants and moisturizers can  greatly improve dryness.

4) Using topical estrogen therapy, under the direction of your physician, can overcome vaginal changes due to the lack of estrogen associated with the menopause transition. 

MenopauseRx has evaluated a number of products used for vaginal dryness, and has found Replens Long-Lasting Feminine Moisturizer to be the best formulated product available. 

"When dryness affects your day-to-day comfort, a long-lasting feminine moisturizer is advised, such as Replens Long-Lasting Feminine Moisturizer.  Replens delivers continuous moisture for up to three days.  When used regularly, Replens helps to replenish your natural moisture and soothe and refresh vaginal tissues to ease the discomfort of vaginal dryness.  For vaginal dryness Replens® Long-Lasting is the answer." 


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