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Vaginal Discomfort in Older Women

As we age, it is common for us to experience several discomforts in the body. For women, vaginal discomfort is one of the most common occurrences of advanced age. This can happen due to a variety of biological changes that takes place in the body. These changes can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle and may lead to discomfort.

 

Here are some of the reasons why a woman might experience vaginal discomforts:

 

Vaginal Dryness

This is the most common problem that can worry women. It is not only prevalent in old age women but it can also affect younger girls and women. This may happen when there is a decrease in estrogen which happens along with menopause and results in the thinning of the vaginal lining. This also results in a decrease in mucous glands, thus resulting in inability of the body to produce natural lubricant.

 

Vaginal Pain

With the increase in age, the blood circulates slower than usual in the body as a result of which damage in any part of the body takes longer time to heal. The vulva (external area around the vagina) becomes thinner. If the vulva does not receive blood, this is when it becomes painful.

 

Vaginal Itching

This condition is also common in all age group but more so in older women. This happens due to various infections in the vagina, resulting in itching in the pubic area. Old aged women are affected by this condition because the increase in age makes one’s body more prone to different infections. Also, old aged women have less acidic vaginal pH than that of younger ones.

 

Painful Intercourse

Pain during sex is also a common problem for older women. The pain can be felt at the opening of the vagina or in the vulva (area around the vaginal opening). Sometimes, even the slightest of touch in this area may cause pain. At first, it can be just a problem you experience once in a while until it becomes more frequent and more serious.

 

These vaginal conditions should not be endured by any woman. If you are feeling any discomfort in your vaginal area that does not go away in a few days, you should be responsible enough to setup an appointment with your OBGYN as soon as possible. Prevention is always better than cure. Dr. Fay Weisberg of FemRenew can help you deal with these vaginal discomforts. Call her today!