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Cope with vaginal dryness at the menopause

Vaginal dryness can cause a lot of physical and emotional distress, but women don’t need to suffer in silence

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For immediate release: 3rd February 2011

Cope with vaginal dryness at the menopause

Vaginal dryness affects around 40% of postmenopausal women. It can cause itching and burning, painful sex and urinary symptoms, yet around a quarter of those affected don’t seek the help they need. If vaginal dryness remains untreated, it can have a huge impact on a woman’s sex life and lead to problems in a relationship.

In the Winter 2010/11 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, clinical nurse specialist Amanda Hillard looks at the causes, symptoms and treatment of vaginal dryness after the menopause. She discusses non-hormonal management options, like self help measures, phytoestrogens and lubricants, and the role of vaginal oestrogens and hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Vaginal dryness can cause a lot of physical and emotional distress, but women don’t need to suffer in silence,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “Effective treatments are available from pharmacies and on prescription to ease the pain and discomfort. Any woman who is experiencing symptoms should speak to her GP.”

The Menopause Exchange is completely independent – it’s not sponsored by any companies and is funded purely by subscriptions from individuals and healthcare professionals. Other articles in the Winter 2010/11 issue include bio-identical hormones, osteoporosis medicines, hysterectomy and yoga and Tai chi.

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Become a member of The Menopause Exchange before the end of April 2011 to receive our special offer. This includes two free back issues of The Menopause Exchange newsletter in addition to the usual membership entitlements. (Members of The Menopause Exchange receive four issues of the newsletter, regular fact sheets, use of the information service and access to the ‘Ask the Experts’ panel). Annual individual membership to The Menopause Exchange is £18.

Visit The Menopause Exchange website at www.menopause-exchange.co.uk.

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NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. The Menopause Exchange was launched in June 1999.
2. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman, a pharmacist with a Master’s degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause to employees in the workplace and hospitals, women and women’s groups, healthcare professionals, GP practices, organisations, health clubs and at exhibitions. Her daughter, Victoria, the editor of the newsletter, is an experienced health journalist with a BSc. degree in Biomedical Science and a Master’s degree in Science Communication.
3. The aim of The Menopause Exchange is to raise the awareness of the menopause among women, healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses and pharmacists) and complementary practitioners.
4. Topics covered in previous issues of the newsletter include: the perimenopause; types and forms of HRT; easing flushes and sweats without HRT; phytoestrogen and herb safety; menopause relief through your pharmacy; sleeping better at the menopause; coping with headaches and migraine; vitamin D; coping with stress; and premature menopause.
5. UK annual membership (4 issues of the newsletter, regular fact sheets, use of the information service and ‘Ask the Experts’ panel) costs £18 for individuals; £22 for local organisations; £40 for companies/national organisations; corporate (over 10 copies) and overseas memberships are available on request.
6. All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245.