Estrogen After Menopause where does it go?
Ouch! While men continue to experience the benefits of testosterone their entire life, women are deprived of self-generated estrogen after menopause. This often causes significant changes in the urogenital structures.
Vulvovaginal Atrophy involves thinning of the surface layers, loss of elasticity, and decrease in lubrication. This produces vaginal dryness and lubrication as well as pain with intercourse. The latter generally results in decreased enjoyment and interest in sex.
It is a chronic and progressive condition. Both over-the-counter and prescription medication can be used to overcome the problem but only local estrogen supplementation can return the tissue to its former health and happiness. Local estrogen is designed to stay in place and not increase the risk for breast or uterine cancer, even without the use of progesterones.
While many changes occur around the time of menopause, including less overt sexual desire, the fact remains that many women will spend almost half their lives in the postmenopausal state and being able to enjoy a non-painful, non-irritated vagina is not an inconsequential goal.
At Women’s Health Care our goal is to address all aspects of health. Please call us for an appointment to address any concerns your might have. We can be reached at 503-435-2020 or visit us on the web at macwhc.com
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