Why is painful sex a symptom of menopause?Learn more about this common yet rarely talked about condition

Why is painful sex a symptom of menopause?Learn more about this common yet rarely talked about condition

When it comes to menopause, most women are prepared for hot flashes, night sweats and fatigue. However, one of the most common symptoms of menopause is one that is rarely talked about: painful intercourse (dyspareunia).

Signs you may have dyspareunia

If you find yourself avoiding sex because intercourse now means more pain than pleasure, you could be suffering from dyspareunia (painful sex) due to menopause.

If you have dyspareunia, you may also experience:

Pain or discomfort during and/or after sex
Burning during and/or after sex
Irritation during and/or after sex
Light bleeding after sex

You are not alone!

If you find intercourse painful after menopause, you are not alone! Dyspareunia is second only to vaginal dryness as the most common bothersome symptom of menopause.

In fact, 59% of postmenopausal
women with VVA find
sex painful.

What causes dyspareunia?

Whereas before menopause, estrogen helps keep your vaginal walls thick and stretchy, falling estrogen levels due to menopause can cause your vaginal lining to become thinner and less elastic and your vaginal walls to produce less lubrication. With less elasticity and less lubrication, it is no wonder sex after menopause can be painful!

Vaginal tissue before menopause:
Estrogen keeps vaginal walls thick and stretchy

vaginal epidermis W estrogen

Vaginal tissue after menopause:
Falling estrogen levels make tissue thinner, drier and less elastic

vaginal epidermis W O estrogen base

Dyspareunia is treatable

The good news is that painful sex due to menopause is a treatable medical condition. Unfortunately, many women suffer needlessly because they:

  • Find painful sex a sensitive subject that is hard to discuss with their healthcare provider
  • Believe that painful sex is just a natural part of aging that they have to endure
  • Think that painful sex will eventually go away on its own, like hot flashes and night sweats
  • Are uncomfortable with existing treatment options.

Ask your healthcare provider for an oral treatment

Is Osphena® right for you?

It is important to know that painful sex due to menopause is a chronic condition. That means that without treatment, it won’t go away and could even get worse.

That’s why, if you are currently suffering from moderate to severe painful sex due to menopause, it’s time to talk to your healthcare provider about the first and only non-hormonal, once-daily oral pill: Osphena®.

Learn How Osphena® helps

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION INCLUDING BOXED WARNING AND INDICATION

Indication: What is Osphena?

Osphena is a prescription oral pill that treats moderate to severe painful intercourse and/or moderate to severe vaginal dryness, both symptoms of changes in your vagina, due to menopause.

Most Important Information you should know about Osphena

WARNING: ENDOMETRIAL CANCER and CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS

Osphena works like estrogen in the lining of the uterus (endometrium), but can work differently in other parts of the body. Taking estrogen alone or Osphena may increase your chance for getting cancer of the lining of the uterus. Vaginal bleeding after menopause may be a warning sign of cancer of the lining of the uterus. Your healthcare provider should check any unusual vaginal bleeding to find out the cause, so tell him or her right away if this happens while you are using Osphena.

Osphena may increase your chances of having a stroke or blood clots.

You and your healthcare provider should talk regularly about whether you still need treatment with Osphena.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have unusual vaginal bleeding, changes in vision or speech, sudden new severe headaches, and pains in your chest or legs with or without shortness of breath, weakness and fatigue.

Who should not take OSPHENA?

Osphena should not be used if you have unusual vaginal bleeding, have or have had certain types of cancers, have or have had blood clots, had a stroke or heart attack, have severe liver problems, are allergic to Osphena or any of its ingredients, or think you may be pregnant. Tell your healthcare provider if you are going to have surgery or will be on bed rest.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Serious but less common side effects can include:

  • stroke
  • blood clots
  • cancer of the lining of the uterus

Less serious, but common side effects include:

  • hot flushes or flashes
  • vaginal discharge
  • muscle spasms
  • headache
  • excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  • heavy vaginal bleeding (vaginal hemorrhage)
  • night sweats

Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines and supplements you take, as some medicines may affect how Osphena works. Osphena may also affect how other medicines work.

Duchesnay USA encourages you to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please read accompanying Patient Information for Osphena (ospemifene) tablets, including Boxed Warning in the Full Prescribing Information.

INDICATION AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

INDICATION: WHAT IS OSPHENA?

Osphena is a prescription oral pill that treats moderate to severe painful intercourse and/or moderate to severe vaginal dryness, both symptoms of changes in your vagina, due to menopause.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: ENDOMETRIAL CANCER and CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS

See full Prescribing Information for complete Boxed Warning.

Osphena works like estrogen in the lining of the uterus (endometrium), but can work differently in other parts of the body. Taking estrogen alone or Osphena may increase your chance for getting cancer of the lining of the uterus. Vaginal bleeding after menopause may be a warning sign of cancer of the lining of the uterus. Your healthcare provider should check any unusual vaginal bleeding to find out the cause, so tell him or her right away if this happens while you are using Osphena.

INDICATION AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

INDICATION: WHAT IS OSPHENA?

Osphena is a prescription oral pill that treats moderate to severe painful intercourse and/or moderate to severe vaginal dryness, both symptoms of changes in your vagina, due to menopause.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: ENDOMETRIAL CANCER and CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS

See full Prescribing Information for complete Boxed Warning.

Osphena works like estrogen in the lining of the uterus (endometrium), but can work differently in other parts of the body. Taking estrogen alone or Osphena may increase your chance for getting cancer of the lining of the uterus. Vaginal bleeding after menopause may be a warning sign of cancer of the lining of the uterus. Your healthcare provider should check any unusual vaginal bleeding to find out the cause, so tell him or her right away if this happens while you are using Osphena.