Painful Intercourse After Menopause

Hot flashes and night sweats—that’s what you usually hear about when it comes to menopause. So you may not have even known that painful intercourse could be part of the picture. For many women, intercourse becomes painful after menopause because of changes in the vaginal tissue. Because of menopause, levels of the female hormone estrogen diminish, causing vaginal walls to become dry and thin. This condition is called vaginal atrophy, which can result in painful intercourse after menopause.

Some symptoms of menopause may lessen over time. But painful intercourse is unlikely to go away on its own, and may actually worsen over time.

Vaginal atrophy and painful intercourse due to menopause can be effectively treated. If you are experiencing moderate to severe painful intercourse after menopause, it’s important to know what causes it. That can help you and your healthcare professional choose a treatment that may help you address the problem. 

The good news is that you can treat the cause of moderate to severe painful intercourse due to menopause with Premarin® (conjugated estrogens) Vaginal Cream. It’s a prescription cream that does what no over-the-counter product was designed to do. It provides estrogen to help rebuild vaginal tissue and make intercourse more comfortable.

Learn more about vaginal atrophy: Why Sex Hurts Now