What Can I Do about Painful Sex?

What Can I Do about Painful Sex?

Painful Sex

Fortunately, there are several things you can do about painful sex. A quick and inexpensive fix for women who have vaginal dryness and discomfort during perimenopause or menopause is the use of a sexual lubricant. A variety of lubricants are available over the counter and range from those made with a water base, oil or silicone. Brands like KY, Replens and Liquid Silk are popular sexual lubricants that can help keep sex from hurting. They can also be used to alleviate dryness anytime, not just before sex. It’s advisable to skip the lubricants that advertise a heat or warming sensation, at least at first, because that can further irritate already sensitive tissues.

Estrogen creams, rings and tablets or suppositories are locally applied products that focus the estrogen where the dryness occurs and offer relief for many women. The relief is often longer-lasting than with the use of a temporary lubricant because of the effects estrogen has on the tissues. These are a good option for women who want the benefits of estrogen without using a patch or pills. Many women feel more comfortable with this type of estrogen therapy, because it’s focused on the vagina and not distributed throughout the body.

If you’re wondering what you can do about painful sex, but you’re also suffering with other symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, you may prefer an option that offers overall relief like an estrogen patch or cream that provides a consistent dose of estrogen throughout your body, not just vaginally. Hormone replacement therapy with patches or creams like bioidentical estrogen is an option, as well. Bioidentical hormones are molecularly identical to the hormones your body produces, and can help raise your estrogen levels.

This hormone therapy can do much more than keep sex from being painful. A low libido will often improve, as well. And one of the best ways to keep the vagina moist and supple is more frequent sex. Even if you still need a lubricant for sex, the intercourse and orgasms can actually stimulate the tissues to produce more moisture, and in turn help you desire sex more often. Most women using hormone replacements find relief from other side-effects of menopause such as night sweats, anxiety, poor sleeping like insomnia and depression.

If intimacy has become uncomfortable for you because of perimenopause or menopause, there are many things you can do about painful sexual activity. You have a variety of options ranging from personal lubricants to hormones that can help make those special

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