Emma Ginns – GP with an interest in the menopause

Vaginal dryness is a very common symptom which women can experience during the perimenopause...

Vaginal dryness is a very common symptom which women can experience during the perimenopause, menopause or many years after their menopause. Common symptoms associated with this include discomfort, itching and soreness, discomfort during intercourse as well as frequency of passing urine and urinary tract infections.

Treatments for it include vaginal moisturisers- which do not contain estrogen but moisturise the tissues thereby reducing symptoms. These are available over the counter and on prescription. Common brands include YES vaginal moisturiser, Sylk intimate and Regelle. Lubricants can also be used to help with discomfort during sexual intercourse – YES water based lubricant and Sylk intimate are good options to try.

Vaginal oestrogen is a very effective treatment for vaginal dryness for many women. It is available on prescription and is very safe to use long term for most women. It can be given as a small vaginal pessary, vaginal cream/gel or via a ring placed in the vagina.

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