At least half of women going through menopause will experience vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse.

Of those women, 75% said they experience “sandpaper sex” (painful intercourse) to the extent they couldn’t be intimate with their partner. This effects women’s self-esteem naturally, which impares intimacy. Suffering alone makes the situation 10 times worse.


Almost three-quarters of women in one survey had never discussed their symptoms with a healthcare provider.

The main reason for this reticence was the assumption that vaginal atrophy was simply a natural part of aging with which women needed to accept. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! Let’s break the taboo.


Is vaginal atrophy affecting your sexual intimacy and or does it have negative consequences in your relationship? Does it effect your self-esteem? If so your doctor can help, but only if they know about it.

In the absence of intercourse symptoms, vaginal atrophy is often felt during a pelvic exam like a PAP for instance. You should know that vaginal atrophy may worsen over time without proactive management. 

Don’t be shy, talk to your doctor.