Have you noticed the changes in your body as you go through the menopausal transition? One day you feel fine, the next day you’re sweating up a storm because of hot flashes. One night you sleep like a baby and the next night you’re pacing around, unable to settle down.
Some changes, however, often don’t show up as noticeably. Take your vagina, for instance. It turns out our declining hormone levels cause the walls of our vaginas to become thinner and less elastic. The lack of flexibility hampers the ability of blood to flow through the area and, thus, create moisture. The combination of thinner vaginal walls and less moisture can lead to difficulty with sex and likeliness for irritation, injury and infection. These issues also are linked to vaginitis (an inflammation of the vagina that can result in discharge, itching and pain) and urinary tract infection . This video offers a good overview of vaginal dryness:
Importance of lubrication
While going through menopause, many women may decide to put their copy of The Joy of Sex on the top shelf (or in pile to go to the resale book shop). It turns out that you may be making a rash decision.
A new HealthyWomen survey that polled 1,043 U.S. postmenopausal women ages 40 and older found that 56% said they experienced vaginal dryness while 26% reported experienced painful intercourse. Yet, postmenopausal women are describing a reluctance to discuss vaginal and sexual symptoms of menopausal, even though possibilities for relief exist.
"There appears to be a general reluctance to discuss or address the vaginal and sexual symptoms of menopause, unfortunately resulting in many postmenopausal women learning to live with these symptoms," said Dr. Laura Berman, an assistant clinical professor of OB-GYN and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and one of the survey consultants. "The lack of communication around these common symptoms often cau...
Generic Name: PHENAZOPYRIDINE - ORAL Pronounced: (fen-ay-zoe-PIR-i-deen) Urinary Pain Relief Oral Uses
This medication is used to relieve symptoms caused by
irritation of the urinary tract such as pain, burning, and the feeling of
needing to urinate urgently or frequently. This drug does not treat the cause
of the urinary irritation, but it can help relieve the symptoms while other
treatments take effect. Phenazopyridine is a dye that works as a painkiller to
soothe the lining of the urinary tract.
How To Use Urinary Pain Relief Oral
Take this medication by mouth, usually 3 times daily after
meals or as directed by your doctor. If you are taking this medication along
with antibiotics for symptoms related to a urinary tract infection, or are
self-treating, do not take it for more than 2 days without talking to your
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to
Inform your doctor if your condition per...
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