The issue no one talks about that affects up to 50% of post-menopausal women

Over60 NZ native article for Dr Anju Basu

As we age, it’s only natural for our mind and body to go through changes – some welcome, some not so welcome. While we can all appreciate the wisdom and lust for life that comes with growing older, there’s one thing in particular that all women would agree we could all do without.

Vaginal atrophy is a condition that affects up to 50 per cent of all post-menopausal women, but sadly, it’s an issue that is constantly brushed under the rug. Even worse? Only 25 per cent seek treatment.

So, what exactly is it and how can it be treated? According to Wellington-based gynaecologist, Dr Anju Basu, vaginal atrophy is “a very common problem of menopause that results in symptoms of vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, vaginal burning, itching, abnormal discharge and urinary symptoms such as incontinence. Society tends to forget older women and doesn’t give thought to their quality of life, assuming women over 50 don’t want to have sex! That’s not true, and I’m hoping to change that.”

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