Vaginal dryness and associated painful sex is a common condition in postmenopausal women. It commonly occurs in conjunction with vaginal itching related to the dryness caused by the changing hormones in your body. There are several very effective treatments for this condition which can be recommended and prescribed by a PlushCare physician.
Women who are menopausal or postmenopausal are most at risk. Additionally, women who have had their ovaries removed or had radiation to their pelvis may have symptoms.
Treatment for painful sex after menopause
There are varied treatment options for women with vaginal dryness including vaginal moisturizers or lubricants, vaginal estrogen, a pill called ospemifene (brand name: Osphena), and a vaginal tablet called prasterone (brand name: Intrarosa), or dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). All of these treatments require continuous use in order to be effective.
PlushCare doctors can talk to you about your symptoms to explain their cause, investigate other potential causes, and prescribe a treatment to help. They can also schedule followup to ensure the treatment is working or determine if alternative treatments should be tried.