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As a woman ages the amount of estrogen she produces drops considerably after menopause. The estrogen is that special hormone all woman have that keeps our vagina pink, healthy and strong. When there is not enough estrogen the vagina lining can become fragile, and easy to damage, as well as the vaginal opening can become taught. All this can contribute to the discomfort & even pain with intercourse.
These changes are compounded when woman stop using the vagina, i.e. avoid sex, because the muscles are getting exercised and thus maintaining a good tone.
Many of these symptoms can be alleviated by 1. Making sure you are getting enough water in your diet (any caffeinated product can do just the opposite); 2. consider using an estrogen creme a few days a week (if your uterus is still intact you will also need to be prescribed progesterone so the estrogen doesn't cause unwanted uterine lining changes.
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