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More STDs in Seniors Linked to More Sexual Freedom of Menopause

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You may suspect that once a woman hits menopause the worthwhile part of her life may be over. And if you think this way, chances are you are not a postmenopausal woman.

Because we know better. Things look somewhat different on this side of the menopause line. Fortunately they look better.

Many postmenopausal women would beg to differ with the image many (younger and therefore uninformed) people have of them. If you are a young woman, that is an ominous future you are predicting for yourself in a few years.

Plenty of postmenopausal women feel younger in their fifties than they did in their forties. They're not worried about becoming pregnant, and painful periods may be a thing of the past for the first time since their teens.

This can be a long-awaited dream come true. But the picture isn't necessarily ideal, at least for women with an active sex life with more than one partner, or whose partner is not monogamous.

Sexually transmitted diseases know no barriers, including age. Postmenopausal women are just as vulnerable as younger woman. Perhaps more so. Younger women grew up with the spectre of STDs, but many of the older set did not have that experience.

Condom use meant pregnancy protection in the olden days. Now that pregnancy is no longer possible, some women assume they don't need condoms.

And some are catching sexually transmitted diseases as a result. Some STDs don't make themselves visible with symptoms in women.

But when chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, HPV, HIV and syphilis go unchecked, things can get dangerous. Burning upon urination, genital itching, sores or rashes are red flags requiring immediate treatment.

How has this situation managed to spread so far and wide among a group of seniors who are surely old enough to know better?

Never underestimate the embarrassment factor in forming an effective barrier between doctor and STD-carrier.

Some seniors may be extreme modest about talking to a doctor abiout such things, but many are not the least bit prudish. They just didn't think STDs had anything to do with them.

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July 17, 2012 - 10:43pm
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July 17, 2012 - 7:41pm
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