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Vaginal Care for Older Women

Having various discomforts in the body is common especially with growing age. Vaginal discomfort is the most common occurrence for older women and this happens because there are various biological changes that occur internally. These changes also affect the menstrual cycle and yes, may lead to discomfort.

 

Women will experience menopause inevitably between the ages of 45 and 50; it can also happen earlier. This normal part of aging means that the ovaries stop releasing eggs and making most of their estrogen. Symptoms of menopause include mood swings, vaginal dryness and hot flashes, among others.

 

Vaginal Atrophy

Vaginal dryness… the most common problem that women worry about. It is not only experienced by older women, but younger ones as well. The drop in estrogen levels reduces the amount of moisture that is normally available, making the vagina thinner and less elastic. This is called vaginal atrophy. Although this dryness might seem like a minor concern, it can severely impact a woman’s sex life.

 

This can be prevented by keeping the vaginal tissue moist.

 

Vaginal Pain

As a woman ages, the blood circulation in the body also slows down, resulting in slower recovery time when there is damage in any part of the body. The vulva, the external area around the vagina, becomes thinner as a woman ages. Because of poor blood circulation, the vulva does not receive sufficient blood, causing vaginal pain.

 

This can be prevented by exercising regularly to help keep your body fit and free from all sorts of problems.

 

Vaginal Itching

This is also common in all age group but more so in older women. This occurs due to various infections in the vagina and it can result in itching in the pubic area. Most older women are affected by this problem because the increase in age makes the body more prone to different infections. Also, the vaginas of older women are less acidic than that of younger ones – this makes them more vulnerable to infections that lead to vaginal itching.

 

This can be prevented by having good hygiene.

 

No Menstrual Cycle

Increase in age can also put a stump on menstrual cycles. This naturally occurs and affects each and every woman after a specific age but can still result in great level of discomfort in all women. This is due to the sudden changes in the body’s functions and its after affects.

 

If you are suffering from the mentioned symptoms, setup an appointment with Dr. Fay Weisberg immediately.