Menopause and painful sex – do I care?
The decline in estrogen levels has a profound effect on the woman, and on her ‘shriveling’ vagina. The thought of penetrative sex (intercourse) will present a challenge because of associated friction irritation and pain. Add to it a woman’s natural decline in sexual interest and you may hear the following conversations between partners:
- Conversation #1: “I am done and so is my vagina. You can do whatever you want (sexually) but don’t bother me.”
- Conversation #2: “Are you kidding me? I have just started treatment to stretch my tight vagina and you already have ideas of us experimenting with you penis??? No way!”
- Conversation #3: “I am worried that my penis will not function (erectile dysfunction) by the time your vagina is back in action, so let’s do something now…”
- Conversation #4: “I am undergoing treatment just for you, which is no easy task. Personally, I don’t care if we ever have intercourse again.”
- Conversation #5: “Do you miss the days when we were into it, and it was fun, and easy? Yes, I do miss them too.”
And lastly, from an 80-something patient who called with the following: “I need to come in and fix my vagina so I can keep up with my husband now that he is on Viagra!” And she did. And they were happy…