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Symptoms People with nasal polyps often complain about having a cold that has lasted for months or years. Symptoms include: Mouth breathing Nose feeling blocked ( nasal obstruction ) Reduced or complete loss of sense of smell (not common with sinus infection) Runny nose Headaches or pain are NOT common unless there is also a sinus infection. Signs and tests Examining the nose shows a grayish grape-like mass in the nasal cavity. A CT scan of the sinuses will show opaque (cloudy) spots where the polyps are.
Recently I have had two very enlightening conversations. First of all, in my conversation with Dr. Tara Allmen about her new CD, “Menopause in an Hour,” she stated that all women need to start thinking about the health of their vagina as they enter menopause. A couple of weeks later, I was at happy hour with several girlfriends who are in various stages of “the change”. One woman expressed how painful it became to have sex once she reached menopause.
Vaginal dryness is caused by the loss of estrogen that women experience as they enter menopause. “Estrogen…helps keep vaginal tissue healthy by maintaining a normal vaginal lubrication, tissue elasticity and acidity,” the Mayo Clinic reports. “These factors create a natural defense against vaginal and urinary tract infections.” But the potential issues with vaginal health don’t end with dryness. “Over time, vaginal dryness can turn into vaginal atrophy, which means that th...
More than one-half of all women who are post-menopausal experience vaginal dryness which can cause pain and discomfort during sex .  Fortunately, there are over-the-counter and prescription treatments that help. Even so, only about one-fourth of these women talk with their doctor or seek any type of treatment.  For many, it is an embarrassing topic but keeping quiet means you deal with the pain and discomfort or you give up sex, creating problems in your relationship.
Causes of Vaginal Dryness
Although post-menopausal women experience vaginal dryness more often than pre-menopausal women, it doesn’t occur only after menopause. Some of the other times/reasons for vaginal dryness include:
Not being sexually aroused because of stress or lack of foreplay
Use of feminine sprays or harsh soaps
Chemicals in swimming pools or hot tubs
Certain medications and chemotherapy
Surgery where ovaries are removed
Sexually transmitted diseases
Vaginal dryness after menopaus...
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