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Intimacy can be rediscovered: sex after menopause

04 Feb

Special holidays, dates, and events are the perfect opportunity to rekindle emotion and boost intimacy at every stage of life. Anniversaries, birthdays, and Valentine’s Day all spark something special, like a scheduled, sexy date to break the status quo.

Valentine’s Day causes many women anxiety and embarrassment because it means that uncomfortable or painful sex is on the calendar. Did you know that vaginal dryness affects an estimated 45% of all women who have sex after menopause? Long-term vaginal dryness, also known as vaginal atrophy, is caused by low estrogen levels during hormonal shifts. Post-coital bleeding, pain, and burning or itching are also common complaints of women after child birth, during breast feeding, after ovary removal surgery, and during cancer treatment.

How can you relieve symptoms such as pain during sex

Although the symptoms rarely go away on their own,  you can alleviate and improve sexual discomfort and vaginal dryness with the right treatment. Gynecologists recommend starting with these short-term, at-home strategies:

Lubricate. Sex after childbirth or menopause is dry and uncomfortable because the vagina is not producing enough lubrication, so one option is to supplement. There are many commercial lubricants available, but many naturally-minded women prefer to use ghee or organic coconut oil for a chemical-free sexual experience.
Relax. The vagina is an amazing organ that regulates moisture levels based on hormone spikes, including arousal. Talk openly with your partner about what feels best for you and how they can help you increase arousal. Taking the time for dedicated foreplay and relaxing into the moment may help increase moisture levels before the big event.
Avoidance. Did you know that many douches, bubble baths, scented soaps, and lotions can aggravate vaginal dryness and heighten burning or itching sensations? Strip down your washing routine with hypoallergenic products for sensitive skin and allow your vagina to self-clean.

At-home strategies can help alleviate discomfort and improve sexual satisfaction, but they may not be enough. If your sex life and personal comfort continue to decline or remain stagnant, it’s time to visit your OB/GYN for an exam and treatment advice.

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Intimacy should not involve pain

What is the FemiLift treatment by Alma?

FemiLift is a vaginal laser treatment that is recommended by aesthetic gynecology doctors around the world. The outpatient treatment is virtually pain-free and incredibly fast. Thus, women can receive treatment without any negative side-effects or recovery period. The physician targets the fractional CO2 laser at the vaginal walls to create thermal and ablative effects. This procedure heats the vaginal tissue precisely in order to maximize blood flow. This kick-starts collagen production for tissue repair.
In clinical studies, FemiLift provided a marked improvement in sexual response for 80% of participating women. Sex after childbirth doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or unpleasant and loss of intimacy isn’t unavoidable with aging. The highly advanced laser treatment by Alma Lasers can yield major symptom improvement with a very quick recovery time. Unlike at-home treatments, FemiLift results are long-lasting with physical, mental, and emotional benefits.

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