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Menopause & Painful Sex

Vaginismus, Fingering, and Masturbation

07 Jun 2022 Posted by Tim Brauning in Menopause & Painful Sex, Painful Sex (Dyspareunia), Sexual Dysfunction, Uncategorized, Vaginismus Blog

Vaginismus often affects a women’s sexual being, from reluctance to engage to complete avoidance and sexual shutdown.  This is regrettable as the woman can still be sexually active and satisfied with non-penetrative sexual activities that stimulate her clitoris, including masturbation and fingering (when possible).  Read...

9 Steps to Overcoming Vaginismus

22 Mar 2022 Posted by Ditza Katz in Menopause & Painful Sex, Painful Sex (Dyspareunia), Sexual Dysfunction, Vaginismus Blog, Women's Health

Vaginismus is a psychosomatic pain disorder characterized by the inability, or great difficulty, with vaginal penetrations: finger, tampons, vaginal applicator, gynecologic examination, and sexual intercourse.  Vaginismus is a vagina-in-panic. Overcoming vaginismus is the process of restoring vaginal function. Watch our short video, What is vaginismus? Although...

Bleeding with sex (intercourse)

11 Nov 2020 Posted by Ditza Katz in Menopause & Painful Sex, Painful Sex (Dyspareunia), Sexual Dysfunction, Vaginismus Blog, Vulvodynia & Vulvar Vestibulitis

Not all bleeding/spotting with intercourse suggests a medical crisis. Common, everyday causes may include: Chafing irritation because of dryness/insufficient lubrication/prolonged thrusting. This would be a good reason to use vaginal lubrication!You have vaginismus or dyspareunia — your vagina is tight (nervous) and thus diminished in diameter because of clenching,...

Revisiting vaginal estrogen use in menopause

22 Dec 2018 Posted by Ditza Katz in Menopause & Painful Sex

Vaginal estrogen use in menopause is a cornerstone intervention. It reverses most, if not all, of the menopausal adverse affect in the vagina, supports the urethra, and promotes pain-free vaginal functions, i.e. intercourse, gynecological examination, and vaginal ultrasound. However, women are often concerned about...