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I have a short vagina. Should I have been having sex during menopause?

I have a short vagina. Should I have been having sex during menopause?

No problem: The best treatment for short vagina is what we call dilation. Having sex is one method or using a sex toy or dilator is the other method for dilation. The vagina can stretch as in childbirth. Vaginal estrogen would be very important in the post menopausal period to aid this process. ...Read more

Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


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Is it normal to have a low sex drive during menopause?

Is it normal to have a low sex drive during menopause?

Common: Sex drive tends to decrease in women and men as they age. But studies have shown that in women desire often comes after arousal, meaning that a woman might not feel interested in sex until after foreplay has started. So if your partner still wants to have sex, don't give up. You may need to find new ways of being sexual with each other to sustain her interest. ...Read more

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Does a women's sex drive increase during menopause due to more testosterone ?

Does a women's sex drive increase during menopause due to more testosterone  ?

Not in my experience: The one hormone that stays relatively stable throughout the perimenopause and menopausal period is testosterone so it's levels really do not rise though, perhaps relative to estrogen it may seem so. In my experience, most women notice their libido, or sex drive diminishes with menopause. Having said that, not all women experince a drop. There is no "normal".... ...Read more

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What is the typical course of events during menopause, and do all women end up with low sex drive?

What is the typical course of events during menopause, and do all women end up with low sex drive?

Sex drive varies: Menopause is end of menses sex drive relates to many factors including a willing and able partner, adequate vaginal lubricatiion and postmenopausal hormone supply. ...Read more

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Painful sex while in menopause?

Painful sex while in menopause?

Vaginal atrophy: results from lack of estrogen. This thinning of the vaginal mucosa makes intercourse painful for the post menopausal woman. The condition can be treated with vaginal estrogen or systemic estrogen. Vaginal lubricants also help. ...Read more

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How should I feel during menopause?

How should I feel during menopause?

Menopause: symptoms of menopause can be mild to severe. Most common is first the absence of a period, followed by hot flashes, sleep and libido changes. Hormones affect all body tissues so many other symptoms can occur ...Read more

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What can I expect during menopause?

What can I expect during menopause?

Support her !: It is a natural event in a woman's life that can last months or years. When the ovaries stop producing estrogen around age 52, a woman can have hot flushes, night sweats, irritability, vaginal dryness, sleeplessness and other symptoms. Some women have severe symptoms, some mild and the duration varies widely. A woman should definitely see her gyn hcp (healthcare provider) for further advice. ...Read more

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How much will you dry up during menopause?

How much will you dry up during menopause?

Dryness: Dryness is a very common menopausal symptom and varies from women to women. Symptoms can be treated with many medical and natural options. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens during menopause?

Could you tell me what happens during menopause?

Menopause: Many things happen. Menopause is defined as the cessation of menstrual periods for one year, then menopause begins. Major hormonal changes occur to bring on menopause and a variety of symptoms can occur. Metabolic changes occur in the body. ...Read more

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Is there anything to shrinking during menopause?

Is there anything to shrinking during menopause?

Not sure: exactly what you are referring to, but spinal degenerative changes can cause the vertebral disc spaces to narrow, and loss of bone density can result in height loss of the vertebral bodies. Both can contribute to a loss in your overall height. ...Read more

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