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- Nurse Barb
There’s lots of reasons why sex might be painful after you turn 50. For many women as estrogen levels decline during midlife, their vaginas become much more dry and don’t have the same elasticity or ability to stretch.
What you might notice
“I wasn’t sure that there’s was anything I could do, and I was just ready to give up.”
Don’t Give Up!
I hear this sentiment a lot, but it doesn’t have to be this way at midlife or at any time in our lives. The good news is there are a multitude of choices and options for women no matter what their situation when it comes to intimacy, sex and comfort.
New ways to enjoy sex
As women, we put up with a lot and often are too embarrassed to discuss how overnight, we suddenly needing to use lubrication or are having pain with sex. Our biology is complicated, but now the solutions are not. There are a lot of new ways for women to have more satisfaction and enjoy sex.
What’s New? Non-hormonal treatments
Not to be confused with lubricants for sex, these help attract moisture to the sensitive vaginal tissue and keep the moisture there. (more…)
Menopause is that one magical day when a woman hasn’t had any menstrual bleeding for 12 months. The following day, she is considered post-menopausal. Women may experience menopause starting in their 40s or 50s. The average age is 51.
What most of us consider menopause is actually Peri-menopause, or as I call it, the Hormonal Roller Coaster. This is the time in life when periods are erratic, symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats begin and women start to feel more fatigued, notice some leaking urine, less sex drive and more wrinkles. (more…)
Everyone has questions about whether it’s ok to have sex in pregnancy, if intimacy will lead to labor or bleeding and whether it’s normal to be lots more interested or completely turned off. The trouble is, very few of us are comfortable asking our health care providers and so rely on friends or the internet (more…)
This reminds me to add a few tips about your period and when to give your health care provider a call.
• Your daughter hasn’t had a period or shown any signs of puberty by age 14, including absence of:
– breast development
– underarm hair
– pubic hair
• There’s been a gap of greater than 3 months between periods
• Periods are occurring more frequently than every 21 days
• Periods are lasting more than 10 days
• The flow is so heavy, a tampon and/or a pad is getting soaked through in less than 1 hour, and this occurs for more than 1 day
This is a great video from Hello Flo! Click the image above or watch it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEcZmT0fiNM
How it Happens
We all have a little yeast on various areas of our skin. They just hang out and usually don’t cause any trouble. Yeast is a type of fungus (I know, ick!), but they’re everywhere, and opportunistic little fellas. Meaning that when our immune systems are out of whack, they take the “opportunity” to overgrow, and multiply and make more little yeastie beasties. (more…)
I was talking to 2 friends the other day, who both had double mastectomies for advanced breast cancer. Kim and (not their real names) had complete reconstruction and neither one had been able to save their nipples.
They were both talking about how difficult it is to have one nipple that’s horizontal and points straight ahead like a headlight, and the other that’s off in it’s own direction, like a wandering and wayward child.
If you’re like most couples with kids under 3, you might be so worn out from making sure that they don’t fall down the stairs or eat a glue stick, that the last thing on your never ending To Do List is have sex.
The fact is that all those surveys about how frequently couples are having sex and exaggerated. Most people think that they’re somehow inadequate unless they’re having sex at least 3 times each week. Let me tell you from research and from what I’m hearing from my patients. If you have a mortgage, a job and kids under 3, sex is very low on the priority list. Not only are people tired, they’ve got lots of other things on their minds.