A good sex life beyond the menopause has so many benefits – apart from strengthening the closeness of a loving relationship, there are health perks like lowering your blood pressure and relieving stress. It may even help boost your immune system.
Yet for many of us over 50, the vaginal dryness that often arrives with the menopause, can become a serious issue that interferes with intimacy. This in itself can lead to embarrassment and anxiety, especially if you aren’t sure what’s causing the problem but feel to embarrassed to ask for help.
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. Despite this being a widespread issue, only a quarter of women suffering from vaginal dryness actually seek treatment. That means there are huge numbers suffering in silence, or misdiagnosing themselves and buying the wrong over-the-counter treatments.
The key symptoms of dryness are irritation, itching, soreness and burning in and around the vulval area, and this may affect you even when you’re going about simple, everyday activities like walking or sitting.
When it comes to lovemaking, vaginal dryness can make sex difficult, and even painful. It’s one of the most common ways that women discover they have the condition – and can put even the most solid relationship under strain. If you’re worried that sex will be uncomfortable, and your partner’s scared of hurting you, neither of you will be able to relax and enjoy the moment.
So what’s the answer? Some women turn to lubricants, which work in the short term, but for an effective and long-lasting solution, ReplensMD is the number one vaginal moisturiser recommended by doctors.*
ReplensMD works to soothe and treat dryness in three steps. It replenishes vaginal moisture, helps rejuvenate dry vaginal cells, and supplements the body’s natural lubrication, giving you immediate relief from all those uncomfortable symptoms. Used regularly, it also increases the elasticity of the vaginal wall and helps to maintain vaginal health.
Best of all, just one application of fragrance-free ReplensMD will keep your vagina moisturised for up to three days. That means you can relax and be truly spontaneous when it comes to sex. There’s no need to apply ReplensMD just before making love, so it won’t interrupt the mood, and you can enjoy passionate encounters whenever the time is right for you and your partner.
It’s the ideal solution if you want to avoid using any hormone-based treatment as ReplensMD has no oestrogen or other hormones, so there’s no risk of the side-effects associated with many prescription vaginal oestrogen creams and tablets.
Once the itching and soreness has been treated, you’ll quickly rebuild your sexual confidence. Then it’s time to enjoy rekindling the intimacy that helps to keep you and your partner close.
If you’re concerned you may be suffering from vaginal dryness, don’t be embarrassed about asking your GP or pharmacist for advice – they deal with problems like this all the time and will be only too glad to help you. And if it’s affecting your relationship, you can tackle the problem straightaway, as ReplensMD is available to buy over the counter, too.
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ReplensMD is widely available from Boots and other pharmacies, priced from RRP£6.26 for a one-week supply.
Visit Replens.co.uk for more details and advice on vaginal health.
*GPRX data – from June 2015 to May 2016 – UK coverage