For the first half of our lives, there are clear marching orders for women’s health appointments: Time for your pap? Go to your OBGYN or your PCP. Having a baby or want one? See an OBGYN or a reproductive endocrinologist and they’ll put you on an appointment schedule. But into our 40s, it can feel like someone forgot to hand out the memo.
Going through menopause means a lot of things to a lot of women. While many parts of the “transition” are individual (for instance, my sister suffered nary a hot flash while I was continually bathed in sweat), one universal truth is this: our bodies change.
The hormonal, physical and psychological ramifications of menopause are not just limited to things like hot flashes, mood disorders and weight gain. They're lurking in the evening hours, too, when all you want to do is sleep.
Why not get right to the point? Menopause brings many changes, with one of the peskiest being the way your vagina feels, including itchiness, dryness, irritation (even bleeding) and trouble with intercourse.