Everything You Need To Know About Vaginal Health During The Menopause.
When it comes to the menopause, what comes to mind first?
Night sweats, dreaded hot flushes or crazy mood swings?
These are the symptoms we hear most about—right?
But, what gets far less airplay is our vagina during (and after) the menopause.
As a result, this can leave many of us feeling confused and worried.
A recent survey found that 80% of US postmenopausal women said vaginal discomfort had a negative impact on their lives. Yet, at the same time, 37% admitted to never visiting a healthcare professional to discuss their concerns.
However, vaginal health remains shrouded in myth. And, worryingly talking about it still carries a stigma. As a result, many women lack knowledge and understanding, preventing them from reaching out for help when they need it.
Let’s take a deep dive into what exactly happens to your vagina during the change.
Here are five things that can happen to your vaginal during the menopause
1. Vaginal dryness and itchiness
During the menopause, your body starts to produce less oestrogen, which can cause the lining of your vagina to thin and lose its elasticity. This is also called vaginal atrophy. Other symptoms can include itchiness and a burning sensation. If you experience these, you must tell your partner. If sex is uncomfortable, trying using a lubricant. Also, explore other ways to be intimate with your partner, like foreplay and toys.
2. Sex feels different
As oestrogen levels drop, the rugal folds in the wall of the vagina become thinner and flatter. These same folds are responsible for expanding and contracting during penetrative sex and childbirth. As a result, sex can become uncomfortable and painful. You may even experience bleeding as the vaginal walls are more susceptible to tearing.
3. Your vagina changes shape.
Alongside changes in the vaginal wall, your vagina shortens and narrows—in other words, it shrinks. To help strengthen your vaginal wall, experts suggest having more sex.
Also, if you’re due a smear test, explain to the health practitioner beforehand you are going through the menopause so they can provide you with the right treatment.
4. There’s a change in odour.
Yup, this can be really embarrassing, but it’s perfectly normal. Lower oestrogen levels increase your vaginal PH and make it less acidic. Also, your vaginal microbiome balance becomes disrupted, leading to an increased risk of yeast infections and urinary tract infections.
5. Leaky bladder
Does sneezing, laughing, coughing or even exercising makes you pee? If yes, you can blame your pelvic floor muscles. During the menopause, these muscles become weaker, allowing tiny amounts of urine to be released when stimulated. It’s annoying and embarrassing. Practice pelvic floor muscles exercise daily to improve bladder control, reduce prolapse risk, and increase sexual sensation.
Look after your menopause health naturally.
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