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More on Menopause and Sex as Conversation with Your Doc Continues

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Many women have questions about menopause and sex. It doesn't matter where they find themselves in the menopausal timeline. Women want the truth about their fears, concerns, and challenges when it comes to menopause and sex.

Changes in women’s bodies are likely to cause anxiety or confusion. To learn fact versus fiction, they should turn to their doctors.

In my article Hey Doc ... Starting the Conversation About Menopause and Sex I wrote about questions, with possible answers, that could start a conversation with your doctor.

Here are more questions and/or concerns, along with expert answers and solutions. These will help women continue a conversation with their doctor about menopause and sex.

1) "Use it or lose it?" Is this saying true when it comes to sex after menopause?

Yes. Hope Ricciotti, MD, a gynecologist who teaches at Harvard Medical School told WomensDay.com, “The vagina is a ‘use it or lose it’ place. The act of having intercourse stimulates blood flow to the vagina and keeps it healthy.”

2) I’m noticing some vaginal dryness during sex. Is there something I can do about this?

Lubricants and vaginal moisturizers can help reduce painful sex due to vaginal dryness. Vaginal moisturizers are absorbed into the skin and cling to the vaginal lining in a way that imitates natural secretions.

However if considering estrogen creams and therapies for vaginal dryness, first talk with your doctor. While estrogen therapies have shown a positive effect, the potential for other health problems is a concern. Any use of estrogen, including plant-based soy estrogen, should be discussed in detail with your doctor.

3) Are there herbal supplements that can treat low sex drive and/or painful sexual intercourse? If so, what are the potential risks or dangers?

According to the American Cancer Society, pills and creams made from certain species of wild yam are used as a popular alternative to hormones.

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