During menopause the mucous membranes in the genital area are often no longer sufficiently moisturized. In many cases, this is due to the hormonal changes associated with menopause. This can lead to vaginal dryness which manifests through symptoms such as dryness, itching and burning in the vagina, in the vaginal entrance and in the outer genital area. It can also cause pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia).
Vaginal dryness can be so severe and such a burden that it even leads to feelings of soreness and dryness when sitting, walking or cycling.
If you are currently going through menopause and experienced one of these symptoms in the vaginal area within the past four weeks, this may be an indication that you are suffering from vaginal dryness as well.
What happens in the body during menopause?
Menopause is a completely normal change in the female body caused by a decreasing production of the female sex hormone oestrogen. The beginning of menopause varies from woman to woman – but it is often in their mid-40's. At first, menstruation becomes more irregular and eventually stops, i.e. the fertility gradually decreases.
Even if menopause is something very natural, the changes in the body can be accompanied by unpleasant symptoms. Some women experience hot flashes, mood swings or don’t sleep well anymore. The reduced collagen production during menopause can also lead to hair loss or a noticeable loss of skin elasticity. These and other symptoms can be more or less pronounced with every woman.