Living with and Overcoming Sexual Pain

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Living with and overcoming sexual pain

By Tara Langdale-Schmidt

Many post-menopausal baby boomers and seniors suffer extreme sexual pain from Vaginal Atrophy. The pain is so intense, they stop having intercourse, which overtime, can actually make the problem worse.

According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), Vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA), resulting from the loss of estrogen stimulation on vaginal and vulvar tissue, is a common medical condition in postmenopausal women—one that will occur in most postmenopausal women at some point in their lives. There are an estimated 64 million postmenopausal women in the United States, and as many as 32 million women may suffer from VVA symptoms including dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse), vaginal dryness, and vaginal irritation.

They are embarrassed to tell their husbands or partners, they don’t know who to talk to, they avoid seeing a doctor, and they don’t know where to go for help. So, they live with the pain and stop having sex. It’s embarrassing, humiliating and can ruin marriages and relationships. The pain is more than just physical, it’s also depressing, emotional and mental. You are not alone; many post-menopausal women deal with Vaginal Atrophy.

But baby boomers and senior women do not have to stop having sex. Don’t think there are no solutions. There are safe answers and there is help.

Loss of libido in menopausal women is attributed to a shortfall of hormones or a hormonal imbalance. When your body stops producing estrogen, it effects your natural lubrication. The vaginal tissue can become thin and sex becomes painful.

According to the NAMS, when a woman doesn’t have intercourse or other vaginal sexual activity on a regular basis following menopause, their vagina may also become shorter and narrower. Then, when they do try to have intercourse, they are likely to experience pain, even if they use a lubricant. That’s because dry, fragile vulvovaginal tissues are susceptible to injury, tearing, and bleeding during intercourse or any penetration of the vagina.

The resulting discomfort can be so great that woman avoid intercourse and the condition worsens. Sometimes, even women who are not sexually active are bothered by vaginal dryness and the irritation that may accompany it.

So where can women go for help?

Many women are put on Menopausal Hormone Therapy such as estrogen cream to help with the vaginal dryness, which has been known to cause different types cancer in women.

Women can also benefit from dilator therapy with lubricated neodymium magnetic vaginal dilators to stretch and enlarge the vaginal canal. Once intercourse becomes comfortable again, you may use your dilators less and less, as the elasticity of the vagina remains healthy with regular intercourse.

Soothing Neodymium magnets are within each vaginal dilator to increase blood flow and relieve sexual discomfort while soft tissue lengthens, relaxing muscles and ligaments. Vaginal dilators are used to regenerate vaginal capacity, expand the vaginal walls, add elasticity to the tissues, and to allow for comfortable sexual intercourse.

Another option: Boomers and Senior may be less intercourse driven and show a renewed interest in “outercourse”. They are showing up for workshops and private retreats where they are lining up to learn new touch skills and how to be pleased. The capacity for pleasure and exploration does not end with a birth date or sexual intercourse.

But the bottom line:

You don’t have to stop having sex because you’re over 65 and you do not have to suffer from sexual pain. There are answers. There are solutions. Seek them and enjoy a new sexual life.

Tara LangdaleTara Langdale-Schmidt, a victim of sexual pain, is the founder of VuVatech
( www.vuvatech.com ) in Sarasota, FL. a company dedicated to help the millions of women who suffer from pelvic pain all over the world.

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