Painful Sex After 50

 

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There are lots of reasons why sex might be painful after you turn 50. For many women, as estrogen levels decline during midlife, their vaginas become much drier and don’t have the same elasticity—the ability to stretch. What you might notice Skin around the labia and vagina feels dry when you wipe. Sex is painful during menopause due to a lack of estrogen.

This hormone normally stimulates the release of natural lubricants and helps replenish the vaginal lining by growing new cells. When you. Sex can hurt, too.

After menopause, up to half of all women have pain before, during, or after sex. With care, though, your love life can move from ouch back to mmmm. Between 17% and 45% of postmenopausal women say they find sex painful.

This is one of the main reasons why between 17% and 45% of postmenopausal women say they find sex painful, 5-8 a condition referred to medically as “dyspareunia.” Vaginal thinning and dryness are the most common cause of dyspareunia in women over age 50. Find out how menopause can affect your sex life after 50. Plus, get expert tips on how to relieve vaginal dryness and other issues that put a kink in your sex life as you get older.

Vaginal lubricants are the best choice if you are having pain with sex. Since your vagina does not self-lubricate as well as it did before menopause, using a vaginal lubricant will help decrease the friction, pain, and trauma that can be associated with sexual activity. 3. Over the age of 50, bodies do change. Lubricant can enhance pleasure and prevent painful intercourse. There are many different kinds on.

Sex After 50 If you’re experiencing dryness, irritation or pain during sex, you’re not alone. As we age, our sex lives may be affected by hormonal changes leading to emotional and physical consequences. Find out what you can do about it. Painful sex after menopause is common and can negatively affect quality of life. Yet many women don’t seek treatment.

Help is available, experts say. Small tears in the rectal lining may lead to infection or bleeding (especially since those over 50 are much more likely to have hemorrhoids). But the bigger risk is if you switch from anal to vaginal intercourse in the same session (with a partner or a sex toy).

If you’re using a condom, be sure to remove it after anal sex/before vaginal sex.

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Similar complaints of sexual pain in a woman over age 50 should assess for the presence of vaginalatrophy with dryness, loss of rugae, mucosal thinning, pale hue, and lack of shiny vaginal secretions.

“Male Sexual Function: A Guide to Clinical Management” by John J. Mulcahy
from Male Sexual Function: A Guide to Clinical Management
by John J. Mulcahy
Humana Press, 2007

Some common physical complaints that older women experience with intercourse include vaginal dryness, pain, and limited mobility from arthritis.

“Caring for Older Adults Holistically” by Tamara R Dahlkemper
from Caring for Older Adults Holistically
by Tamara R Dahlkemper
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In some older women painful intercourse can result from thinning vaginal walls (vaginal atrophy) and inadequate natural lubrication, and this may reduce the desire for sex, as may the hormonal changes of menopause.

“The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health” by Karen J. Carlson, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, M.D., Terra Diane Ziporyn, Alvin & Nancy Baird Library Fund, Harvard University. Press
from The New Harvard Guide to Women’s Health
by Karen J. Carlson, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, et. al.
Harvard University Press, 2004

For women, the vaginal dryness that often occurs during menopause may cause painful intercourse.

“Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course” by Elizabeth D. Hutchison
from Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course
by Elizabeth D. Hutchison
SAGE Publications, 2008

As women age and enter menopause, the decline in estrogen levels causes thinning of the vaginal epithelium, decreased vaginal elasticity, and decreased vaginal lubrication, resulting in painful intercourse.

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Many women, especially after 40, use some form of estrogen and/or water-based lubricant to enhance lubrication and facilitate intercourse.

“Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy, Fourth Edition” by Alan S. Gurman
from Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy, Fourth Edition
by Alan S. Gurman
Guilford Publications, 2008

The major sexual problems reported by older women include lack of orgasm, lack of sexual interest, a decline in lubrication, failure to find an appropriate partner, dyspareunia, problems with safe sex, sexual aversion, and extramarital affairs (Nusbaum et al., 2004).

“Principles and Practice of Geriatric Medicine” by M.S. John Pathy, Alan J. Sinclair, John E. Morley
from Principles and Practice of Geriatric Medicine
by M.S. John Pathy, Alan J. Sinclair, John E. Morley
Wiley, 2006

Women who have gone through menopause (change of life) and have painful intercourse because of dryness of the vagina can use lubricants (not petroleum-based) and estrogen creams.

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Some of these women have experienced menopause at a young age and have difficulties with vaginal lubrication and report sex to be painful.

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by Gary L Albrecht, Sharon L. Snyder, et. al.
SAGE Publications, 2006

Painful intercourse, or dyspareunia, may be the result of lack of arousal but is most often due to physical factors such as pelvic infection; anatomical conditions; congenital deformities; or vaginal atrophy due to inadequate estrogen exposure.

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