Going Through Menopause And Sex Hurts? 2 Ways To Help You Get Back To Normal
Many unpleasant things happen to women when they go through menopause, such as hot flashes, insomnia, irritableness, and tiredness. Another problem many women face during this time in their life is painful sex. This problem is because the vaginal wall becomes much thinner and dryer during menopause. Fortunately, there are different ways you can help with this problem. Two of these ways are listed below so you can start enjoying sex again:
MonaLisa Touch is a non-surgical treatment that can help restore moisture to your vagina. The treatment is not painful and can be done in the doctor's office. The doctor will place a probe into your vagina. The probe is left in the vagina for a certain amount of time. The probe releases continual laser energy to your vaginal wall. This laser energy builds up the vaginal wall. Once the vaginal wall becomes thicker moisture will come back again and sex will no longer hurt.
You will have to have more than one MonaLisa Touch treatment. How many treatments you'll need depends on your personal situation. The doctor will examine you to help them determine how thick your vaginal wall is and then decide how many treatments it will take.
This procedure is not a cure, and your vagina will become dry again over time. When this happens, go back to the doctor, and have the MonaLisa Touch treatment again. The doctor can discuss with you how often you will have to have this treatment to maintain a moist vagina.
When a woman menstruates, estrogen is released into the bloodstream. This estrogen is what keeps the vaginal wall thick and moist.
When you go through menopause, your estrogen levels drop drastically. To help with this, your doctor can prescribe you an estrogen cream. This cream is inserted into your vagina using a special applicator. In the beginning, you will have to do this each night for approximately two weeks and then after that only two to three days per week. If you maintain the cream, your vagina will stay moist. If you stop using the cream, your vagina will become dry again.
If you do not like to use cream, there are estrogen pills that are also inserted into the vagina. The doctor can also place an IUD into your vagina that releases estrogen a little at a time. You leave the IUD for a few weeks and then replace it with a new one.
Talk to your gynecologist about this information and they can help you decide what treatment would work best for you.