Painful Intercourse and Menopause
Viewer Question: I heard that sexual intercourse becomes painful after menopause. Is this true? How can I prevent this from happening?
Doctor's Response: Just as the symptoms of menopause vary among women, the extent to which individual women experience these symptoms also varies. Because menopause is associated with decreased levels of estrogen, the lining of the vagina may become drier and thinner, often leading to burning, itching, or discomfort during sexual intercourse.