One of the most common symptoms of menopause is ‘vaginal atropathy’, a sexual difficulty which affects nearly half of older women.
Vaginal atropathy reduces lubrication and causes itching and discomfort. Of the 8,000 women surveyed for the study, 41% said sex was painful because they had the condition.
The data was compiled as part of the Clarifying Vaginal Atrophy’s Impact on Sex and Relationships (Closer) study, carried out by the British Menopause Study.
According to Dr Heather Currie, associate specialist gynaecologist and honorary secretary of the British Menopause Society, most people have never even heard of vaginal atrophy, despite it being one of the most common symptoms of menopause.
Dr Currie said: “The Closer study offers the first opportunity to examine the real impact that vaginal atrophy is having on the intimate lives of post-menopausal women and their partners.”
As well as being incredibly common, this is also the simplest sexual issue to treat.
The study’s authors have said although oestrogen therapy is beneficial for women suffering with bad menopause symptoms, Brits are 50% less likely to receive the treatment than women in Europe and the U.S.
Experiencing age-related problems in the bedroom can be distressing for men and women alike. With so much stigma surrounding sexual problems, it can feel easier to sweep them under the carpet than to face them head on.
If you feel let down by your body and want to enjoy a healthy sex life regardless of your life-stage, then you are advised to firstly visit your GP (to rule out any serious problems) and then to seek treatment.
Hypnotherapy is an effective tool for changing thought patterns and releasing negative thoughts. If your physical problems are affecting your confidence or libido, hypnotherapy could encourage you to reopen your mind, regain your enjoyment and boost your sexual confidence so you can feel like you again.
To find out more and to contact a hypnotherapist near you, head over to our Sexual Issues page.
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