Millions of women experience pain before, during, or after sexual intercourse—a medical condition called dyspareunia. This common problem can sap sexual desire and pleasure, strain relationships, and erode a woman's quality of life. For postmenopausal women, in particular, it can bring up issues of aging and body image.
I have a painful vagina. If you're making excuses to avoid sexual intimacy with your partner due to vaginal pain, you owe it to yourself and your partner to treat it. Pain during intercourse is called dyspareunia.
Some women have vaginal dryness when their bodies experience the menopausal transition. This can make sex painful. Women may also experience a tightening of the vaginal opening, burning, itching, and dryness called vaginal atrophy.
You are now leaving our website. AMAG Pharmaceuticals is not responsible for the information contained in any of the linked third-party websites. VVA is a common condition that affects up to about half of all post-menopausal women in the US. Symptoms of VVA include dryness, irritation, painful urination, and painful sex.
For menopausal women who experience painful sex, a new treatment is on its way to pharmacies. It will be available at all major retailers such as CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, as well as small pharmacies. The vaginal gelcap insert was developed for menopausal women who suffer from vaginal dryness.
Estimates vary, but surveys of postmenopausal women not on hormone therapy report dyspareunia in as many as 20 to 30 percent. Most women complain of superficial pain, which occurs upon vaginal penetration. Often, the pain has a sharp or burning quality.
The menopause brings a whole array of challenges from hot flushes to anxiety, but the side effects with perhaps more of a stigma attached than most others are those related to sex and intimacy. One of the first steps here is recognition and the ability to seek help. Lack of oestrogen is the cause of the dryness, the reduced libido, the bladder irritation, so replacing the missing oestrogen is an obvious step.
Alan Altman, MD Dr. With one third of the female population already past the age of 50, the primary complaints of menopause—including vulvovaginal atrophy and sexual pain—are becoming alarmingly prevalent. Ask patients about sexual function in general and dyspareunia in particular as part of the routine annual visit.