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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Everyone's experience with menopause is unique. That's why our integrated care model offers evidence-based treatments.
We've interviewed leading experts in menopause over the years. These articles are a great starting point to educating yourself on this symptom (and others) of menopause.