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Painful Sexual Intercourse after Menopause

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 21, 2012
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Menopause affects the sex drive of women and they are not as easily aroused in this stage of their life. The problem is not only one of lesser desire but the levels of a hormone called estrogen get decreased and it has an effect on the blood supply to the vagina. Now, when the vagina is dry, one can understand menopause as the cause of pain during sexual intercourse. It can be argued that lower sexual desires are the main culprit and it does not have to do with estrogen so much.


Some of the health problems that lower sexual desires and in turn lead to painful sex after menopause are –

  • bladder control problems
  • sleep Disturbances
  • depression and/or anxiety
  • stress
  • side-effects of medications.
  • other medical conditions or health concerns

If your problem is one of these, you will need specific treatment for the symptoms. In most cases though, painful sex during intercourse is due to vaginal dryness or lack of intimacy with the partner.

 

Treatment for Vaginal Dryness

  • You can treat vaginal dryness during menopause or after it. Lubricants that are soluble in water such as Astroglide or K-Y Jelly work best. The non-soluble lubricants such as Vaseline are avoidable. They can affect the quality of latex which is used in condoms. You still need to use the condoms until the doctor has verified that egg production has stopped completely in your system, or to prevent contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
  • You may also use an estrogen cream to be applied directly at the vagina. It increases the blood flow to the vagina and also sensitises it to aid in better orgasms.

 

Improving Intimacy with your partner to avoid sexual pain after menopause

  • Get more Information – Try to know more about your body’s anatomy, the sexual function, changes due to ageing at this stage of your life.
  • Stimulate your Partner – Use arousal techniques such as creating fantasies, coming up with exercises that lead to intercourse, music, videos, television, anything that seem to lead to enjoyable sex.
  • Non-sexual Relaxation – Rejuvenate your body with some non-sexual activities like a sensual massage. Not only is your body becomes better prepared for the exertion required for sex, but such an activity also promotes a level of comfort between you and your partner along with increasing communication.
  • Minimising the Pain – Try to work out a painless position of coitus. You may want to control the depth of penetration or adjust the position till you find just the right one for you.

 

Read more articles on Understand Menopause and Perimenopause.

 

 

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