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4 Things You Need to Know About Menopause (spoiler alert: it’s not the end of your sex life)

Ah, menopause. It makes you think about hot flashes and weight gain, but do you know about the common urological and pelvic health problems it creates? Some women experience virtually no symptoms, others’ symptoms are severe, and there are plenty of women in between. But, when your estrogen levels drop, chances are you will notice some not so nice changes in both your vagina and your overall sexual health.

Declining hormone levels are to blame. Estrogen maintains the fluids that keep your vaginal lining thick and elastic. When hormone levels drop, they often take with them vaginal moisture, sexual desire and bladder control. Sounds pretty bad, doesn’t it? There are ways to ease the symptoms, though, and we can help.

Here are four of the most common urological problems due to menopause, and what you can do about them:

  1. Vaginal Changes – Vaginal tissue thins during menopause, often leaving women with uncomfortable dryness and painful intercourse. This thinning may also lead to recurrent urinary tract infections.
  2. Overactive Bladder – Declining estrogen levels can also lead to weakened pelvic floor muscles, which leads to urinary incontinence.
    Vaginal laxity, dryness and urinary incontinence can all be drastically improved with state of the art treatments known as MonaLisa Touch and ThermiVa. Both in-office procedures are painless and non-invasive, and require no downtime. Houston Female Urology is one of the only practices to offer both technologies, and we can help you decide which option is best for you. MonaLisa Touch and ThermiVa are game-changing procedures, and our patients are thrilled with their results. Learn more about both options: MonaLisa Touch and ThermiVa
  3. Pelvic Organ Prolapse – If pelvic floor muscles weaken too much, you are at risk for prolapse, which basically means one of more of your organs (bladder, uterus, urethra, vagina, small bowel or rectum) drops out of place.
    We offer a proven clinical pathway to tighten up pelvic floor muscles. And, no, it’s not just me saying “do your Kegels.”
  4. Loss of Libido – Hormonal imbalance can take away your desire for sex. This, in addition to vaginal changes, may cause you to view sex as something to be avoided.
    When dealing with loss of libido, our Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) clinic can help. We have a proven treatment plan to help with all types of FSD. 

Cheers to a healthy you!
-Dr. P

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