(BPT) - Nearly all women will go through menopause at some point in their lives. Often with this comes a loss of intimacy, one of the biggest — yet least discussed — side effects of menopause. While to some this may seem inevitable, menopause does not need to signify the end of a woman’s sex life.
In honor of Menopause Awareness Month, and the estimated 6,000 women who reach menopause in the U.S. each day, it’s time to shed light on their intimate wellness. Women going through menopause don’t have to live with uncomfortable and discouraging symptoms, and will find relief in some key facts about this important stage in life.
Myth:Women experience menopause in their fifties.
Fact:Menopause actually affects a broad age range of women. While the average age of menopause for U.S. women is 51 years, perimenopause — which refers to the time during which a woman’s body begins to transition in preparation for menopause — can begin as early as mid-30s. Additionally, early onset of menopause can occur as a result of chemical and surgical interventions, such as chemotherapy or hysterectomies.
Myth: Hot flashes and mood swings are the most common menopause symptoms.
Fact: While nearly every woman will experience menopause at some point in her life, not all of them will experience it the same way. According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), as a woman transitions into menopause, lower estrogen levels not only cause hot flashes but have several other effects on the body such as vaginal dryness, which can undermine sexual motivation and drive.
In fact, according to a 2015 Toluna Quick Survey Study of 1,000 postmenopausal women, 75 percent suffer from vaginal dryness to some extent, and 90 percent who responded they suffer from vaginal dryness to a moderate-large extent said the dryness negatively affects their life. This is because peri, menopausal and postmenopausal women often experience VVA (Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy), also known as GSM (Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause) — characterized by lesser known symptoms of vaginal dryness, burning, itching, incontinence and painful intercourse.
Myth: Menopause symptoms impacting a woman’s intimacy are permanent.
Fact: Symptoms that affect intimacy can be frustrating for both a woman going through menopause and her partner. However, women who experience these types of symptoms do not need to live with them for the rest of their lives. CO2RE(R) Intima – a simple, quick and effective procedure — is one of the latest innovations in vaginal therapy, helping women with their intimate wellness, particularly with issues surrounding menopause. The procedure delivers both immediate and long-lasting relief in a painless, non-surgical treatment. CO2RE Intima can help treat these symptoms and get a woman’s sex life back on track. Visit www.co2reintima.com to find a physician in your area and to see if treatment is right for you.
Myth: After menopause, a woman’s sex life is never the same.
Fact:Many women remain sexually active beyond midlife and into older age. Some women enjoy their sex lives even more once they are postmenopausal as they no longer need to worry about pregnancy. Additionally, menopause may come at an age when many women are becoming “empty nesters” after sending children off to college, an opportunity for them to reconnect with their partners and reinvigorate their sex lives. If you’re experiencing symptoms of menopause that may be preventing you from enjoying your sex life, visit www.co2reintima.com to learn more about CO2RE Intima treatment and how it can help restore vaginal health.
Myth: All vaginal rejuvenation treatments are for aesthetic purposes.
Fact: While some women may think that vaginal laser treatment is strictly for cosmetic purposes, in fact, it can help restore women's intimate wellness by offering a number of functional and clinical benefits. CO2RE Intima is designed for women who want to relieve the signs of childbearing and aging in their vaginal area. This includes post-child bearing and peri and menopausal women, women who desire enhancement in sexual functioning and a better sexual experience, women who seek vaginal cosmetic improvement and women who want to feel more confident about their feminine health.
Rather than an ending, menopause should signify a new beginning in a woman's life and opportunities for renewed intimacy. Don’t let menopause interrupt your sex life. Now that you know the facts and what CO2RE Intima treatment can offer, you can feel confident about your feminine health throughout your menopausal journey.