I have so enjoyed getting to know and working with Vibrant Nation, the leading online community for women 45+. They really care about helping women of midlife and beyond with ways to look and feel our best. On March 31, they hosted a webcast discussion about a serious topic many of us need a little help discussing.
There are so many female topics which honestly are difficult to talk about…perhaps, I feel that way being from the South. We were raised to only talk about certain things in “polite company.” I suppose looking back, the impolite company knew a lot more than we did! Anyway, we are quick to discuss hot flashes, claustrophobia, anger, and sleeplessness associated with menopause, but so many of us will not talk about how it affects our lives in the bedroom.
I learned so much from watching this discussion with DR. BARB DEPREE, who also blogs at MIDDLE SEX MD BLOG and a panel of women who came with questions about the topic. She spoke honestly and openly on things we should be giving attention. Just as our skin needs new skincare treatments and our diet needs an adjustment after menopause, our bodies also need special vaginal health care during this time.
Their video discussion taught about the need to visit a trusted doctor to discuss pain and the best ways to deal with it; to understand the difference between moisturizers and lubricants; and options about hormone therapy. Moisturizers are needed more by those who are not sexually active, so women literally do not dry up. If you already experience dryness, it is reversible and the discomfort can be treated.
All of the videos can be found on their page at VIBRANT NATIONAL LIVE EVENT: SEX AFTER MENOPAUSE. They help us to understand problems we so often neglect to discuss with our doctors and now I see why it is important that we do. If you are anywhere around menopause, take some time to watch and learn.