Ageing in General
As we get older we gain weight (even if we keep our diet and exercise the same throughout life). We also develop cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis and dementia. Did you know that dementia is now the leading cause of death in women in Australia? Also, our skin gets dry and we develop symptoms during menopause such as night sweats and mood changes.
Female Genital Ageing
Everything goes south and gets smaller as we age. Except the clitoris. This stays the same size. Lucky us! However, we get skin dryness which leads to burning and itching and pain with sex. We also get urinary symptoms such as frequency and incontinence and more urinary tract infections.
What can we do?
There are lots of things we can do for our skin as we get older. These include using a soap free wash and a moisturiser. You don’t need a wash for the vagina. You may need a moisturiser for the vagina though and there are some specific ones such as Replens that are available in Australia. Also, don’t forget lubricants. I recommend Astroglide as this is easy to get hold of and there are lots of varieties (more information in another blog if you want).
There is now effective treatment for vulvovaginal atrophy. This is a CO2 laser called the Candela Intima laser. It involves having 3 treatments a month apart and then annually to maintain results.
I am conducting a trial at the moment so if you qualify then you could get these treatments for no cost. Please ring (02) 9958 1555 for more information.