VVA — the secret behind painful sex due to menopause
VVA stands for “vulvar and vaginal atrophy.” You may not be familiar with the term. Most women aren’t. But surprisingly, VVA is a very common condition, affecting approximately 50% of postmenopausal women.
After menopause, hormonal changes can lead to a variety of physical changes to the vagina, such as the loss of vaginal tissue, lubrication, and flexibility. All of these changes can lead to symptoms like dryness, irritation, frequent urination, and painful sex.
“ The word sandpaper comes to mind. It was dryness, truly. To the point sex wasn’t comfortable.”
Sue G. | Age 68 | California
It’s not only about estrogen
You probably know about the decrease in estrogen after menopause, but research shows there’s more to the story. There is also DHEA, an inactive prohormone that’s naturally produced in the adrenal gland.
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