Pain With Intercourse in the Postmenopausal Woman

Posted by Dr. Patricia Kondratenko DO - July 17, 2012 - Gynecology - 1 Comment

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Women that have gone through menopause often complain of pain with intercourse. One of the most common causes of this pain is vaginal atrophy. Vaginal atrophy is inflammation of the vaginal wall that occurs with declining estrogen levels. With declining estrogen levels the vaginal walls become thin and less elastic. The friction during vaginal intercourse can be a source of pain.

Some women will find relief of this symptom with over the counter lubricants used during intercourse. Other women may not have relief without the treatment with vaginal estrogen creams, tablets or estrogen releasing vaginal rings. Women that take hormone replacement therapy are less likely to experience these symptoms.

Women with vaginal atrophy also may experience recurrent urinary tract infections and vaginal infections as well.

If you are suffering from these symptoms talk to your doctor and have an evaluation to see if you are a candidate for some of the above therapies.

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Dr. Patricia Kondratenko DO

Dr. Kondratenko is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist with hospital affiliations at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and Henry Ford Surgical Center. She sees patients at Associated Obstetrics & Gynecology's Clarkston and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan offices.

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