Dyspareunia is painful intercourse. After menopause, there is a gradual atrophy of estrogen-dependent genital tissues. The tissues of the lower vagina, including the labia and the lower portion of the bladder and urethra, are involved.
The vagina undergoes some atrophy. It grows shorter and the lining thins. Secretions may decrease. These changes may result in pain during intercourse.
Important Points in Treatment
Supplemental estrogens can reverse some of these atrophic changes. In cases in which treatment with oral estrogen is unacceptable, topical preparations are available. Lubricants that are water soluble also can provide some comfort.
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- You experience painful intercourse.