Physical changes during menopause can sometimes be challenging, especially when it involves our private parts.
It is difficult to go through the changes we must face as women when we reach a certain age, but there is good news. Renew Health and Wellness offers help for the unwanted symptoms of menopause you may be experiencing.
Know that you are not alone. The following are specific physical changes during menopause and what you can do to remedy them.
Dryness and Itchiness
One of estrogen’s many roles in your body is to keep your vaginal walls lubricated. With less estrogen produced, you may notice that your vagina is drier than it used to be.
The drying out of the walls of your vagina is uncomfortable and can lead to other problems as well—a thinning out of the walls of the vagina, known as vaginal atrophy.
Vaginal itching and burning can become undesirable side effects experienced because of this condition.
When vaginal atrophy occurs, the walls of the vagina thin out, which leads to a reduction in sensitivity and an increase in discomfort during menstruation or engaged sexual activity due to dryness.
The symptoms may worsen after unprotected sex insertion since there’s no lubrication protecting against abrasion (a scratchy sensation).
Bleeding From Tearing
During menopause, your vaginal tissues become thinner, drier, and less flexible. When you are having sex, small tears could occur. Bleeding often follows.
Thankfully, one of the ways to help this problem is to have sex more often.
When you’re having sex, make sure to use a lubricant. A dry vagina can not only tear more easily but also experience discomfort during and after intimacy and bleeding afterward due in part to thinning tissue that is less flexible than before menopause began.
Seek medical attention if necessary by talking with your partner about getting checked out for STDs, too. This is an excellent way of ensuring that you and your partner have tested negative to prevent any future infections from spreading between yourselves.
The Vagina Becomes Smaller in Size
You may have heard, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” Such is the case of the muscles of the vagina. Like any other muscle, it can get smaller and lose tone if it isn’t used often enough.
To avoid this from happening, continue having sex with vaginal penetration throughout menopause.
Getting More Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
As described above, physical changes during menopause occur when estrogen levels taper off. Tissues surrounding the vaginal area become dry, allowing harmful bacteria to flourish.
In addition, low estrogen levels cause your urinary tract to lose volume and become thinner. That causes frequent urination.
Drinking a lot of fluids and urinating more often may help to prevent UTIs, along with taking cranberry supplements.
If it burns when you pee, and your need to pee doesn’t seem to go away, you likely have a UTI that a doctor should treat.
Changes in Vaginal pH
During menopause, it is not uncommon for a woman’s vaginal pH to become off-balance.
A healthy vaginal pH is relatively low, but during menopause, this can shift. That causes an alteration in the natural system of bacteria. As a result, a vaginal infection develops. You can avoid this by regularly cleaning your vagina with mild soap and water.
Sex Can Be Uncomfortable or Even Painful
Due to a flattening out of vaginal layers, another physical change during menopause, sex can become uncomfortable for some and very painful for other women. Using over-the-counter lubricants or moisturizers should be the initial approach to helping this situation.
Leaking a Bit While Coughing or Sneezing
Your pelvic floor may be a bit weak if you cannot make it to the bathroom on time when nature calls. Many women as early as pre-menopause experience urinary incontinence or leaks when they sneeze, cough, or laugh too hard.
If you find that your body is not able enough when it comes down time for bathroom trips, consider exercises or Kegel’s muscle training devices that will strengthen the area to alleviate these symptoms of weakness!
Getting Help Through BHRT
Short for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, utilizing BHRT to help you with perimenopause and menopause symptoms make sense. BHRT increases your natural hormone levels and brings your body back to where you want it to be.
Bioidentical hormones are plant-derived hormones that are chemically identical to those produced by the human body. Because of their organic nature, you can feel good about their safety and efficacy.
During menopause, some women find themselves losing interest in sex. That is because their hormone levels have become depleted. Replenishing hormone levels through BHRT can have a positive domino effect throughout your life in many different ways.
Other physical changes during menopause that you may find relief with include hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, and weight gain.
Recharge With Votiva
A completely safe, state-of-the-art procedure, Votiva is the only FDA-approved device for vaginal rejuvenation.
Votiva helps treat internal and external health issues without the need for surgery. Votiva is particularly helpful in restoring blood flow to the vagina and increasing sensitivity to the area. It is also beneficial in treating sagging tissues.
Votiva is a radiofrequency treatment that stimulates the production of collagen in the vagina through the use of thermal energy. It helps remedy issues of vaginal dryness as well as urinary incontinence.
PRP O Shot
The PRP O Shot might be right for you if you prefer a more natural approach.
Here is what we do. We take platelet-rich plasma from your blood and inject it directly into the most sensitive spots of your vagina. Doing this stimulates accelerated rejuvenation of your clitoris and entire vagina.
The PRP O Shot is ideal for someone experiencing low libido or vaginal dryness.
Acoustic Wave Therapy
Acoustic wave therapy is perfect for someone just looking to increase the overall sensitivity to their vagina. It works when low-intensity acoustic waves are absorbed, thereby increasing blood flow to the area. Acoustic wave therapy encourages more collagen to be produced, which can help with a wide range of symptoms.
Trust Renew Health & Wellness
At Renew, we understand that female sexuality is a blend of several elements. However, bringing your hormones back to the level they should benefit you in many ways.
We look forward to hearing from you so that we can form the best plan of action for rejuvenating your sexual health. Contact us today!