Discussing Painful Intercourse

Don’t wait. Talk to your partner and your healthcare provider about the moderate to severe pain you’re experiencing during intercourse due to menopause.

Talking with your healthcare provider about painful intercourse isn't the easiest thing to do. But there’s good reason to mention it. Many women experiencing moderate to severe painful intercourse live in silence. Moderate to severe pain during intercourse can be treated. The best way to begin is to open up and start talking.

Talk with your partner about painful intercourse.

If you don't bring it up, your healthcare
provider might not, either.

It may seem a bit odd, but it's true. There's a good chance your healthcare provider won't prompt you to talk about painful intercourse at your next appointment. Don't be shy! Your healthcare provider may be able to help. The vaginal changes you are experiencing that can lead to moderate to severe painful intercourse may be treatable. So talk to your healthcare provider. Here are a few pointers:

  1. If you’re unsure about what’s causing your pain during intercourse, ask your healthcare provider to explain vaginal changes due to menopause and what to expect for the future.
  2. When you mention that you’ve been experiencing pain during intercourse, try to be as specific as possible. Are you experiencing pain only with penetration? Is it moderate or severe?
  3. If your healthcare provider suggests a prescription treatment, be sure to mention any medications that you’re currently taking. Ask your healthcare provider things like how the treatment works, how long it may take to notice improvement, and how long you should expect to take the medication. The more you know, the more confident you’ll feel.

The bottom line is, the sooner you become more vocal about what you’re experiencing, the sooner you may be able to find help. Your healthcare provider and your partner play vital roles in your health. So don’t delay. Don’t be embarrassed. You can do this!

Your partner needs to know.

There's absolutely no reason you should ever "grin and bear it." If you're experiencing moderate to severe painful intercourse due to menopause, you need to tell your partner. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you start the discussion.

  1. Educate your partner. Although you may think it’s a no-brainer, your partner may genuinely not know what happens to the vagina due to menopause. The first step is to make your partner aware of what’s going on with your body.
  2. Communicate. Be clear with your partner about the situations in which you’re experiencing vaginal pain. Is it all the time or only during penetration?

Keep these tips with you.

Make sure you have these tips on hand for the next time you need them.

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Important Safety Information

Most Important Information you should know about Osphena

Osphena (ospemifene) works like estrogen in the lining of the uterus, 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, strokes, and blood clots. 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 them right away if this happens while you are using Osphena.

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

Call your healthcare provider right away if you get changes in vision or speech, sudden new severe headaches, and severe pains in your chest or legs with or without shortness of breath, weakness and fatigue. Osphena should not be used if you have unusual vaginal bleeding; have or have had certain types of cancers (including cancer of the breast or uterus); have or had blood clots; had a stroke or heart attack; have severe liver problems; 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, and cancer of the lining of the uterus.

Common side effects can include hot flashes, vaginal discharge, muscle spasms and increased sweating.

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

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

Most important information

you should know
about Osphena

Osphena works like estrogen in the lining of the uterus, 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, strokes, and blood clots. 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 them right away if this happens while you are using Osphena.

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

What is Osphena?

Osphena (ospemifene) is a prescription oral pill that treats moderate to severe painful intercourse, a symptom of changes in and around your vagina, due to menopause.

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