In this episode, Dr Newson and Jane Lewis have an open conversation all about vaginal dryness; including how the symptoms can affect women and the different treatments available. Around 70% of postmenopausal women worldwide are suffering with symptoms related to vaginal atrophy yet it is shocking to know that only around 7% of women receive treatment. Symptoms can include soreness, irritation, burning, urinary symptoms and even difficulty sitting down or wearing underclothes. Jane talks to Dr Newson about how she has been experiencing symptoms for seven years and all about her book “My Menopausal Vagina” which talks about her experiences in a very candid and informative way.
Jane has created an informative leaflet to help women understand the signs and symptoms of vaginal atrophy, click here to read it on menopausedoctor.co.uk.
Jane's Three take Home Tips for Women suffering with Vaginal Dryness:
- Don’t be scared to talk about the problem or of using local oestrogen.
- If you’re in pain and sex is hurting, stop having sex. Go see your doctor and demand treatment.
- If you are refused treatment, take it higher - we are the generation that will no longer ‘put up and shut up’.