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What Does Pain During Intercourse Indicate In An Elderly Woman?

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Posted on Tue, 24 Oct 2017
Question: I am 80 years old and still active. my husband and i are concerned about my painful sex problem in my vagina
when we are having sex relations, why is this happening?
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (1 hour later)
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Hello and welcome,

Your problem is not uncommon. After menopause, women don't make as much estrogen, and over the years with diminished amounts of estrogen, the urinary and genital tissues can become atrophied and weaker. The vagina makes less lubrication, and there is more risk (in some women) for bladder infections as well.

If lubricants such as Astroglide or others aren't helping enough, you might benefit from small amounts of intravaginal estrogen cream. Oral estrogen cream goes through your whole body and has more health risks than topical estrogen cream, which, while some is absorbed, doesn't have as great potential for risks as oral estrogen does. The estrogen cream is by prescription so you will need to go in to see your doctor for this.

In addition to this, increasing the duration of foreplay can help prepare the body, but you may need more than just that.

I hope this information helps. Please let me know if I can provide further information.
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Brief Answer: Information Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome, Your problem is not uncommon. After menopause, women don't make as much estrogen, and over the years with diminished amounts of estrogen, the urinary and genital tissues can become atrophied and weaker. The vagina makes less lubrication, and there is more risk (in some women) for bladder infections as well. If lubricants such as Astroglide or others aren't helping enough, you might benefit from small amounts of intravaginal estrogen cream. Oral estrogen cream goes through your whole body and has more health risks than topical estrogen cream, which, while some is absorbed, doesn't have as great potential for risks as oral estrogen does. The estrogen cream is by prescription so you will need to go in to see your doctor for this. In addition to this, increasing the duration of foreplay can help prepare the body, but you may need more than just that. I hope this information helps. Please let me know if I can provide further information.