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Can lubricant ease itching, burning, and painful intercourse due to menopause?

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Can lubricant ease itching, burning, and painful intercourse due to menopause?

Sometimes lubricant helps, but typically the symptoms of vaginal itching, burning, and pain that come with menopause are due to the effects of lowered estrogen amounts in the vaginal vault. Low estrogen can lead to thinner and more delicate skin which can make intercourse more painful and less lubricated, but also lowered amounts of lactobacillus. Lactobacillus keeps the vaginal pH more acidic which is good for the prevention of a common vaginal infection known as bacterial vaginosis (BV). These symptoms you are having might be more than just from dryness and could also indicate a BV infection, so I would check with your provider and get tested. You can also talk to your provider about low dose vaginal estrogen (I like estriol specifically) for ongoing prevention of future vaginal infections and more tensile strength for the vaginal skin lining.

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