Dryness is only part of the story

Painful sex due to menopause is often not simply dryness. It’s caused by VVA (vulva and vaginal atrophy), a common condition that affects many women after menopause. VVA causes vaginal tissue to shrink and become thinner and can result in pain during sex.

You may have tried various lubricants and moisturizers and found they provide some temporary relief. But if your pain is moderate or severe, a prescription treatment may be necessary to address the underlying cause and get the pain relief you need. Speak to your healthcare provider.

Over-the-counter options
MILD PAIN
Provides temporary symptom relief

Over-the-counter options:

  • Vaginal lubricants
  • Moisturizers
MODERATE/
SEVERE PAIN
VVA Prescription treatment options
DIRECTLY ADDRESSES UNDERLYING CAUSE

Prescription treatments:

  • Non-estrogen based
  • Estrogen-based

 I think about all of the time I’ve lost by not seeking treatment sooner.

Linda A. | Age 56 | Texas

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