In the U.S., an estimated 6,000 women reach menopause every single day. We know that menopause means the ceasing of menstruation, but what actually happens after you say goodbye forever to that last bloody tampon?
Vaginal Dryness and Libido
After you’ve gone through menopause, masturbating and sex can help prevent vaginal atrophy (the thinning of tissues) and vaginal pain.
Obviously, vaginal dryness can be a great deterrent when it comes to arousal and getting off. One of the ways to prevent this can be to use lots of lubricant. Internal vibrators stimulate pelvic blood flow, which can lead to an increase in vaginal moisture and sexual response.
Two of the most common symptoms of menopause are hot flashes and decrease in bone density (aka osteoporosis). While many websites recommend taking vitamin D supplements, consuming lots of calcium-filled foods like spinach and kale, and exercising regularly, there are medical treatments that have proven to be extremely beneficial for those who experience severe symptoms.
Hormone therapy (HT) is a common treatment for hot flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, and bone loss. There are several FDA-approved hormone therapies, but their effectiveness varies from person to person–it is important to consult with a doctor before pursuing any of them.
In a 2004 study on menopause and HT, results showed that 1 in 4 women who stopped HT ended up going back on it.
Remember that symptoms and treatment are different for every single person, so what worked for a family member going through menopause might not work for you!