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Painful Sex

Up to 75% of women experience painful sex at some point in their lifetime. Changes in sexual function during menopause are normal, but that does not mean that women have to suffer through it.

As estrogen declines during menopause, blood flow to the vagina decreases, and vaginal tissue thins, causing a decrease in arousal and lubrication. These changes can make sex less enjoyable, orgasms harder to achieve, and penetration painful. About half of postmenopausal women experience pain during intercourse, called dyspareunia. It’s one of the most common reasons women shy away from sex.

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How we treat painful sex:

We'll review your health history and listen to your symptoms.

Every woman's experience of menopause is as unique as she is. Rather than treat just the symptom, we want to learn more about the other potential factors leading to painful sex. That's why we'll review your medical history, family history, and gynecological history.

You will share your experience with menopause, starting with your quality of life and other symptoms you're experiencing (such as vaginal dryness, low libido or anxiety).

We'll discuss evidence-based treatments proven to relieve painful sex, including:

Lifestyle modifications

Our practitioners will leverage cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to address any anxiety or emotional barriers around painful sex. They can help guide you on the intimate products and therapies that may help you overcome painful sex, like pelvic health.

Medical interventions

Board-certified OB/GYNs will explain hormonal creams, rings or tablets, based on your health history and family history including any incidence of cancer.

Your doctor will also determine if another condition such as a urinary infection or skin condition is causing the pain and treat it appropriately.

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Our doctors and RDNs are by your side, answering your questions to help you monitor your symptoms. As your hormones fluctuate, your symptoms will change over time. Talk to your doctor about these changes and your Gennev doctor will adjust your treatment plan to match your new needs.

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of our patients report symptom improvements after their first visit with a Gennev physician.
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We've helped thousands of women improve their quality of life in menopause.

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My ObGYN at Gennev has always been willing to go above and beyond when doctors nearby have not been willing to do so. I have recommended Gennev to two friends!

Jennifer W.
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Katie has been a tremendous help this past few months. Her expertise and guidance helped me make vital decisions in regard to my menopause journey.

Julia S.
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My doctor was the first practitioner who took my feelings and symptoms seriously and provided both great information and a well-informed, evidence-based plan of care.

Amy S.
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She is very knowledgeable, genuinely helpful and focused, and she listened to me and answered all my questions. I am relieved to have received such solid medical advice, support, planning, and targeted intervention.

Heather McG.
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Dr. Lisa Savage is such an excellent provider! I am so happy that she is my menopause specialist. I was very desperate before I met her in the fall.

Angela M.C.
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She not only listens, she is engaged and supportive. No matter what questions I throw at her, she always has great feedback, suggestions and has a become a crucial part of my menopause journey.

Bev H.
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Jessica totally has her act together. I was impressed by her gentle use of behavioral intervention techniques. She was warm and supportive.

Frances M.
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Dr. Savage helped remove the veil of mystery, and address the WHY all of these changes are happening. Just having clarity, and a knowledgeable person to bounce ideas and concerns off of is a huge gift.

Tracey R.
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Jessica was very knowledgeable about my questions and concerns... I was very pleased that Jessica took the time to listen to me and gave me guidance along the way. She never made me feel like we were rushed...

Karin L.
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She answers questions without making me feel dumb for asking them. I appreciate the undivided attention I get in this format... so often in a doctors office you feel rushed and not the center of their attention.

Tricia M.
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Oh, finally! Someone that seems to truly understand! She debunked everything I though I knew. Was a bit unsettling at first but she spoke with authority, facts and data which instilled confidence.

Molly H.
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Stasi was a wealth of resources, giving ideas and things to try for symptoms. She asked good questions and had specific suggestions I could try right away. It’s very helpful to feel heard and supported.

Tracy G.
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My menopause journey has been like a rollercoaster ride, ups, downs, twist and certainly turns on top of the stress from my work, which has really effected my health. Stasi has been my coach and cheerleader through it all...

Vanessa B.
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Dr. Dunsmoor-su was fantastic. She is very knowledgable and relatable. It was so refreshing to have a physician who does not just say, "that's what happens when you get older..."

Frances M.
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It is a HUGE relief just to have a chat with someone who can tell me all the strangeness I am experiencing IS strange, but it is also perfectly NORMAL.

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