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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
1. What are some of the most common problems menopausal women complain of?
Nearly 3 out of every 4 women have hot flashes or night sweats. And most also notice many symptoms that they don’t complain about unless their health care providers ask:
• Sleep disturbances
• Weight gain
• Too much facial hair
• Changes in mood.
• Changes in sexuality
These all contribute to a change in a woman’s quality of life and the good news is that there are treatments, both hormonal and non-hormonal.
As men age, their specific health needs change, adding the need for more regular check-ups and screenings. As a women’s health expert, my patients often ask me about the health of the men in their lives. Below is a list of questions that I always recommend that men should ask about their health
1. What kinds of signs and symptoms should I pay attention to and see a health care provider about?
2. What do I need to know about sex?
• Despite what you’ve heard, as long as you’re healthy, sex won’t kill you (more…)
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…)