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Many women suffer from vaginal and sexual health problems silently as they age, but few discuss them with their doctor. This is a key finding of a new study of Cleveland University Hospitals Medical Center.

Although this is a society saturated with sexual images, the important and useful sexual information about conditions like vaginal dryness, painful sex, and low desire are simply not discussed.

Most women are more than familiar with the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and night sweats, but vaginal dryness is one of the most common problems for women right now and it is rarely discussed. Vaginal dryness can lead to painful sex, itching, smelling, and can impact activities of daily living like walking and sitting. Yet so many women don’t realize it.

Women often avoid sex with their partners without telling them about the reason for avoiding sex. This causes a great communication divide. Some of my patients have reportedly had an extramarital affair through their partners due to the vaginal dryness and the resulting low sexual desire. It is the responsibility of a person in any intimate relationship to get the help they need, especially if their problem is impacting their sex life. Sex is an integral part of a healthy intimate relationship.

Vaginal dryness isn’t just limited to sexually active women. Vaginal dryness does not discriminate. This is one of the biggest myths associated with vaginal problems such as vaginal dryness. Women assume that if they are not sexually active, they cannot have vaginal dryness. Nothing could be further from the truth. Any woman can experience vaginal dryness during menopause.

The more information we can provide to women about vaginal and sexual health issues, the better.

One of the reasons why so few women discuss their vaginal health issues with their doctor is that they don’t realize it is a medical issue. They may start to experience sexual pain due to vaginal dryness, but they are often told that it is in their head. They may be embarrassed by vaginal health issues, too embarrassed to tell their doctors because sex is always covered in shame.

Vaginal dryness is a health problem that is easily treated today with over-the-counter personal moisturizers that can be purchased without a prescription. They come in the form of gels, eggs and creams and often contain ingredients similar to facial moisturizers like hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. I say moisturizing your vagina is just as important as it is. your face.

Personal moisturizers should be used regularly and for the rest of a woman’s life, otherwise vaginal dryness will return. They can also be used during sex to help reduce discomfort until their effectiveness is maximized, which takes two to three months.

The more information we can provide to women about vaginal and sexual health issues, the better. This will help women lead healthier lives and have better intimate relationships long after menopause. Women are living much longer nowadays and they might as well live them in the best possible way!

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orgasmic thunderclap, orgasmic migraines, coital headaches, coital cephalgia, or orgasmic cephalgia.","credit":"Wavebreak via Getty Images","creditUrl":"","source":"You might hear sexual headaches referred to by a variety of names: headaches with sexual activity, orgasmic thunderclap, orgasmic migraines, coital headaches, coital cephalgia, or orgasmic cephalgia.","thumbnail":{"url":{"fileName":"5cd695a52100003500c62930.jpeg","type":"hectorUrl"},"credit":"Wavebreak via Getty Images","width":527,"height":351},"title":"What Else Are They Called?","type":"image","meta":null,"summary":null,"badge":null},"provider":null},{"embedData":{"type":"hector","url":"https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5cd695a6210000590075e9e3.jpeg","queryParams":{},"width":527,"height":310,"credit":"B2M Productions via Getty Images"},"type":"image","common":{"id":"5cd695a6e4b086420a8e8e88","caption":"There are three classifications for headaches with sexual activity (HSAs) or sexual headaches, according to the International Headache Society. 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","thumbnail":{"url":{"fileName":"5cd695a62100005800c62932.jpeg","type":"hectorUrl"},"credit":"Iryna Rasko via Getty Images","width":527,"height":291},"title":"What Causes Them?","type":"image","meta":null,"summary":null,"badge":null},"provider":null},{"embedData":{"type":"hector","url":"https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5cd695a62400003200745a58.jpeg","queryParams":{},"width":310,"height":425,"credit":"Stockbyte via Getty Images"},"type":"image","common":{"id":"5cd695a6e4b086420a8e8e8a","caption":"Sexual headaches are usually more unpleasant than anything, but sometimes they can be a sign of something more serious. For example, in men they can be a sign of low testosterone, according to Dr. Laura Berman. They could also be an indication of an aneurysm, bleeding in the brain, or stroke. 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","credit":"BJI / Lane Oatey via Getty Images","creditUrl":"","source":"Both men and women can get sexual headaches, though they appear to be more common in men. They occur in more than one in 100 people. It appears that you may be more likely to get them if you suffer from migraines, tension headaches, or exertion headaches. ","thumbnail":{"url":{"fileName":"5cd695a72400003200745a5e.jpeg","type":"hectorUrl"},"credit":"BJI / Lane Oatey via Getty Images","width":527,"height":351},"title":"Who Gets Them?","type":"image","meta":null,"summary":null,"badge":null},"provider":null},{"embedData":{"type":"hector","url":"https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5cd695a82100005800c62936.jpeg","queryParams":{},"width":527,"height":350,"credit":"NadiaCruzova via Getty Images"},"type":"image","common":{"id":"5cd695a8e4b086420a8e8e8e","caption":"Try a painkiller like an NSAID or beta-blocker, the Mayo Clinic notes, or talk to your doctor about the best timing to take them in order to prevent headaches.","credit":"NadiaCruzova via Getty Images","creditUrl":"","source":"Try a painkiller like an NSAID or beta-blocker, the Mayo Clinic notes, or talk to your doctor about the best timing to take them in order to prevent headaches.","thumbnail":{"url":{"fileName":"5cd695a82100005800c62936.jpeg","type":"hectorUrl"},"credit":"NadiaCruzova via Getty Images","width":527,"height":350},"title":"How To Treat Them","type":"image","meta":null,"summary":null,"badge":null},"provider":null},{"embedData":{"type":"hector","url":"https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5cd695a82100005800c62938.jpeg","queryParams":{},"width":527,"height":350,"credit":"uniquely india via Getty Images"},"type":"image","common":{"id":"5cd695a8e4b086420a8e8e8f","caption":"Some people find using an NSAID like ibuprofen or a beta-blocker helpful in preventing sexual headaches. 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12 facts about sexual headaches

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