Vaginal Atrophy: How To Be The Partner Your Woman Needs

Yumhee Park | Sept 21, 2015 Nov 16, 2000

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Vaginal atrophy can be an embarrassing and frustrating condition for the women it affects. Nearly half of post-menopausal women are affected as well as women who are breastfeeding. The condition arises when the body reduces estrogen production. Many women may suffer in silence and do not seek treatment. It can affect women physically, emotionally, and mentally – and that can take a toll on their relationships. Here are some tips on how to be the best partner your woman needs while she goes through vaginal atrophy, and how both of you can get out of it, closer than ever.

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Listen

When you’ve become somewhat comfortable in a relationship, it can be frustrating as a partner if the other side seems to not hear what you have to say. But maybe this is a sign that you should be listening more. Ask your partner questions about her symptoms and how she feels about it. Having an outlet to talk about the intimate details of vaginal atrophy can be a stress reliever for both parties.

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Go back in time

Women who suffer from vaginal atrophy may become self-conscious and retreat into themselves, which can cause the relationship to suffer. Try going back in time and reliving some of your first moments together. It can take the edge off things and help her to not dwell in her condition so much.

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Be intimate

Intercourse is going to be painful for women who suffer from vaginal atrophy as it is characterized by the thinning and drying of the vaginal walls. But if provided with plenty of lubrication, women may start to enjoy intercourse again – plus not having intercourse will only further symptoms, while having regular intercourse may increase blood flow to the vagina, which may ease symptoms.

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Experiment with intercourse

If intercourse is simply not possible, explore each other’s bodies in different ways – through oral or intimate touching. You can also try buying some games to try, but the important thing is to keep intercoursefun and lighthearted.

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Do some research

When one party in a relationship has a condition, it’s important for the other person to offer to help in doing some research. A medical condition like vaginal atrophy can cause people to feel alone, and offering and helping to do research on the condition, treatments, and doctors can make a world’s difference.

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Offer to accompany her to the doctor

One surefire way to make your partner feel less alone is to offer to accompany her to the doctor. Since the condition most clearly affects personal relationships by causing a strain in your intimate life, what better way to show her your support by going to the doctor with her? It can help encourage her to seek treatment and give her the support she needs to tell the doctor some more embarrassing symptoms, like discharge or incontinence.

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Incorporate treatment into your fun time

Treatment is often relatively straightforward and simple, with gels and creams being pretty standard. Incorporate the treatment regimen into your personal lives, by offering to help her apply the cream or gel.

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Bring back date nights

And sometimes, it’s just nice to get away from it all. The condition can take a toll on both parties involved in a relationship, so get out there and watch a movie you can talk about, go kayaking, or to the restaurant you’ve been dying to try. Bring back date night, once and for all.

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