What Is Happening to My Vagina During Menopause

 

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What’s Happening to My Vagina During Menopause? A group of menopausal symptoms previously known as vulvovaginal atrophy and now known genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM or GUSM) can cause vaginal dryness and other problems. Waning levels of estrogen and progesterone can affect the thin layer of moisture coating the vaginal walls. Suddenly, your vagina is more like a va-DRY-na, one of the most irritating (pun intended) aspects of menopause. I know what a changing vagina feels like, but tell me if what I’m feeling is normal.

What Happens to the Vagina During Menopause Most people are familiar with the hot flashes, mood swings, and general hormonal struggles that accompany menopause, but few know what happens to the vagina during this time on a more physical level. Menopause happens when the ovaries no longer release an egg on a monthly basis and the menstrual cycle totally stops. Some of the physiological changes during menopause include: An average woman gains from 2 to 5 pounds during the transition from perimenopause to menopause.

This happens due to the. Less estrogen may cause the tissues of the vulva and the lining of the vagina to become thinner, drier, and less elastic or flexible. Shifting levels of hormones—especially estrogen—during the menopause transition produce changes in a woman’s body. Both the vagina and the external female genitals.

A woman is officially in menopause when she hasn’t had her period for 12 months, notes Dr. O’Toole. It can happen in your 40s or 50s, but in the U.S., the average age is 51, according to the.

During menopause, there is a drop in estrogen produced by a woman’s ovaries. This typically is followed by symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and lower libido. Women may. I have had an absolutely awful time with vaginal atrophy which started at 45.

Contrary to popular belief it only starts when periods stop this, however, is not the case for many ladies. So I decided enough was enough with regards to the secrecy and shame around this side of menopause so I decided to write a book with the help of my. When your ovaries prematurely stop releasing eggs, for unknown reasons, your levels of estrogen and progesterone change. When this happens before you’re 40, it’s called premature ovarian failure.

Vaginal discharge often changes colors, depending on the time of the menstrual cycle. Some colors indicate that the area is healthy, while others can signal an infection or a hormonal imbalance.

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The symptoms of menopause are caused by the loss of the ovarian source of estrogen and include thinning of the vaginal epithelium, decreased vaginal secretions, decreased breast mass, accelerated bone loss, vascular instability (“hot flashes”), and emotional lability.

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Menopause causes a lessening of vaginal lubrication and a thinning of the walls of the vagina, which are best handled by using a lubricant during sexual intercourse, exercising the vaginal muscles, and using hormonal replacement therapy as directed by the physician.

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from The Gift of Sex: A Guide to Sexual Fulfillment
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The decrease in estrogen at menopause causes the vaginal walls to become pale because of diminished vascularity and to thin down to only three or four cell layers.

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from Williams Textbook of Endocrinology E-Book
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The decrease in estrogen at menopause causes the vaginal walls to become pale because of diminished vascularity and to thin down to only three to four cell layers.

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from Williams Textbook of Endocrinology
by Henry Kronenberg, Shlomo Melmed, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2007

During menopause, the vaginal lining may become thin and dry due to reduced circulating estrogen.

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Vasomotor symptoms commonly experienced during menopause include vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and irregular menstrual pattern.

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The decrease in estrogen at menopause causes the vaginal walls to become pale because of diminished vascularity and to thin down to only three or four squamous epithelial cell layers.

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by Shlomo Melmed, Ronald Koenig, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

Most common symptoms are itching or burning and thin, watery discharge, occasionally blood tinged (any vaginal bleeding in postmenopausal women requires complete workup to rule out endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial carcinoma; see baseline evaluation in the chapter on menopause).

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Natural menopause occurs when the body’s natural secretion of progesterone, testosterone and oestrogen (in the form of oestradiol) is reduced due to the diminishment of the ovarian follicles,[579] preventing the endometrium from proliferating resulting in no shedding of the uterus.

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As the hormonal changes of menopause take place, women usually experience symptoms such as hot flashes and physiologic changes such as thinning of the vaginal walls and vaginal dryness.

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  • Hi i am 57 years old and i listen to your program on how many symptoms of menopause i have that effects my brain my doctor is treating me for seizures and nothing works most of what you share are the problems i have what can i do.

  • I have been on HRT for 13 years now, it has kept my body strong & healthy, l have no plans to stop taking it…Big love…(1) Menopause HRT & Me YouTube

  • Is it good to use something like Replens of course for vaginal dryness but if you don’t have a lot of discharge and what you do have have it released…because I know using it can cause discharge..yellow color for me..like it’s shedding the old stuff in there. Thank you.

  • An enjoyable video. I am 56, normal menstruation and not yet showing any signs of even early menopause. I am unable to find anything on late onset menopause; any ideas for why this occurs would be welcome.

  • Venlafaxine is not approved by the FDA for hot flashes and techincally it is not an SSRI. There is an actual SSRI, paroxetine, which is approved by the FDA for hot flashes.

  • I am 45 years old. My periods are normal every 28 day cycle. April 14 was the last time I had my period. This is the first time it has been late. I am not pregnant. Since June 8 (today is June 13), I have discharge daily. No color, no smell. I don’t like the wet feeling so I wear pantyliners each day. Is this normal? Am I in perimenopause?

  • Hello, can you help me.. i am 50 and had regular periods but this month for like 2 weeks now it’s like a tsp a day and it’s brownish in colour. What could that mean? Will be grateful for a reply��

  • once more, diet can make a huge difference. I never had any premenopause symptoms just because i learned how milk is deleterious to human health and i had already qut milk. over 20 years ago, there was no milk in Chinese population, and women did not experience any pre-menopause syndrome. And other countries alike!

  • Excellent video Dr Louise. Thanks to you and my HRT I don’t have these issues, but wanted to recommend a video to someone so watched it to see if it were the right one. Excellent, couldn’t be more thorough.

  • So it means I have enough prebiotic in my vagina mucus even after menopause. I am 53, no sex life but not feeling dry in my vagina. As the saying goes, GENETICS LOADED THE GUN AND LIFESTYLE FULL THE TRIGGER.Thanks for the info.��

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  • The factor which they have missed out is double checking that the biological menopause really IS happening and not the emotional menopause i.e. you need to have a pause / break from men, as a male (if an ex) could also lead to symptoms of depression, mood swings (the man is a nightmare), irregular cycles (stress caused by him), hot flashes (the man is a nightmare causing surges in body temperatures as you lose your temper and cool attempting to evict him). A lot of women feel that there are two types of ‘Menopause.’

  • My
    aunt was going through premenopausal symptoms. She usually had hot flashes,
    vaginal dryness, headache, sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression. She was
    taking the allopathic drugs for the same but had no relief. One day she
    discussed her problem with one of her friend. She told her about Planet
    Ayurveda, she visited there, consulted Dr. Vikram Chauhan, Dr. Vikram
    prescribed her with ”Menopause care pack”. Currently she is using the pack
    and is much better.

  • I actually forgot I was using a tampon!

    With my unpridictable periods and being a little more absent minded and fof myorgetful, I forgot all about inserting a tampon.

    I usually never use them. I happen to be at my daughter’s house when mother nature called, when in Rome….

    I ��️ found it about a week later! It ��scared the shit out of me! ��(not literally).

  • My mom is menopause shes 58 years old.. 6 yrs menopause….. And suddenly she Bleeds for a sec and then gone… CAN you pls tell me what is the meaning of this?

  • I have recent vaginal bleeding. My LMP was 1year and a half ago. I am 51. Is it normal still. I dont take any hormonal medications. But I am only taking Ranitidine for my acid reflux. I am looking forward for your response.

  • Great video I was reading about woman using estriol vaginal cream as estriol is the non cancerous estrogen that can repair vaginal dryness and provide needed estrogen for the brain. Also as there is phase 1 and 2 circulation, in other words if you take a supplement by mouth it must go through the liver first and create metabolites that may be harmful it you use cream on the vagina it goes into the blood stream 1st and lastly is directed out by the liver. And that you can use calcium d glucarate as a phase 3 to eliminate excess estrogen from recirculating in the body

  • menopause is the most natural phase of life which comes in every single life of women we should deal it with several ways like proper life style, exercise, routine. when i got first time i start to take menopause care pack by planet ayurveda which is very helpful to support the female health at that time.

  • Thank you so much all the way from Florida! I love the way you explain everything so perfectly and I appreciate all of the work that you do to bring all of this good information to us on YouTube. Keep them coming. Have a blessed day!:-) ❤

  • Thank you so much. Your work is so important!! All of the estrogen creams say to take 1 week off from using, an estrogen treatment break—I’ve never understood this, and I get terrible headaches if I try to take that one week break. Is this break necessary to keep estrogen receptors healthy? I can’t find any info. Thank you ��

  • MENOPAUSE HAPPENS TO WOMEN BECAUSE THEY ALLOW THE MALES TO HAVE SEX AND BREED WITH THEM BEFORE THEY ARE FULL GROWN AT 45 YEARS OF AGE. IT TAKES 45 YEARS TO ACHIEVE A FULL GROWN MATURE ADULT WOMAN READY FOR BREEDING. BREED BEFORE THIS AND MENOPAUSE HAPPENS. FACT I AM NOW PROOVING!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I’m 48….only this month I missed my period…. otherwise it was regular…musus is going on from last 3..4 days…as u said..sticky egg white type….is it normal?? Second question is… I’m doing heavy weight training in gym….is it safe?? Or I hv to take any precautions??

  • Is acid and digestion problems worse during menopause? Ive started having acid and heartburn started HRT a year ago and having acid reflux heartburn again regularly