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Painful sex after menopause is an actual condition

The pain has a name:
Dyspareunia (dis-puh-roo-nee-uh)
This is the medical term for painful sex. It's a symptom of vulvar and vaginal atrophy (or VVA), a condition caused by menopause.

Menopause can cause vaginal tissue to change.

Still think you’re the only one? Watch this video to see Dr. Tara Allmen talk more about dyspareunia.

"An Unexpected But Real Condition"

Dr. Tara Allmen
Menopause Specialist
Board Certified Gynecologist
Center for Menopause, Hormone Disorders & Women's Health, NYC
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Dr. Allmen

Menopause causes vaginal changes

It happens to all postmenopausal women as we age. A decline in estrogen changes the vagina at the cellular level—superficial cells decrease, parabasal cells increase—and vaginal pH increases. These changes in vaginal tissue can lead to moderate to severe painful intercourse, or dyspareunia.

Mine can't be the only vagina this is happening to.

Watch this video to learn more about vaginal changes due to menopause.

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You’re not alone.

Wondering if you are the only one experiencing painful sex after menopause? The answer is NO, not by a longshot—you are one of the many women experiencing it. And in case you didn’t know:

  • One third (or 30 years) of a woman's life could be spent postmenopause
  • As many as 1 in 3 postmenopausal women experience painful sex

And unlike hot flashes, painful sex will not go away on its own. If left untreated, it can get worse. But there are treatment options, such as Osphena® (ospemifene).

Sex after menopause is healthy and important, and of course it can continue after menopause. But if sex becomes painful, you should talk to your doctor. Watch this video to get more information.

"Sex Can Continue After Menopause"

Dr. Tara Allmen
Menopause Specialist
Board Certified Gynecologist
Center for Menopause, Hormone Disorders & Women's Health, NYC
Watch the Video
Dr. Allmen

If you think you may be experiencing painful sex after menopause, make an appointment to see your doctor. And be sure to ask if Osphena may be right for you.

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If you think you may be experiencing painful sex after menopause, make an appointment to see your doctor. And be sure to ask if Osphena may be right for you.

Get Your Doctor Discussion Guide

Ready to take the next step? Click below to learn about a savings program that may make Osphena a treatment you can afford.

Get Savings on Your Osphena Prescription

See Full Terms, Conditions, Eligibility Rules & Patient Information, including Maximum Benefit, on the Savings Card.

Indication and Important Safety Information

What is Osphena® (ospemifene) tablets?

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

Important Safety Information for Osphena

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. 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.

Osphena may increase your chance of getting strokes and blood clots.

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; are allergic to Osphena or any of its ingredients; 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 of Osphena

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 and supplements you take as some medicines may affect how Osphena works. Osphena may also affect how other medicines work.

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

Important Safety Information and Indication

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. 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.

Osphena may increase your chance of getting strokes and blood clots.

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; are allergic to Osphena or any of its ingredients; 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 of Osphena

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 and supplements you take as some medicines may affect how Osphena works. Osphena may also affect how other medicines work.

What is Osphena® (ospemifene) tablets?

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

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

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