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New Research Confirms Safety of Estrogen for Your Sex Life

April 17th, 2019

Vaginal estrogen cream does not increase the risk of cancer or heart attack

Are you afraid menopause has killed your sex life by making intercourse painful and unenjoyable? You’re not alone. Anywhere from 25 to 70 percent of postmenopausal women may suffer from a condition called genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM). Common symptoms include vaginal dryness, sensations of burning or irritation, painful intercourse, and frequent urinary tract infections.

Unlike other symptoms of menopause like hot flashes or mood swings, GSM symptoms do not go away after the menopause transition. Instead, they become progressively worse the longer they remain unaddressed.

The good news is that there is a safe and effective tool for combatting GSM: vaginal estrogen. The bad news is that this treatment is underutilized, partially because of misperceptions about its safety. However, newly released research may change that.

This research appears in the December issue of Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society. In a new study that followed women from the Nurses’ Health Study for more than 18 years, researchers concluded that vaginal estrogen does not put women at risk for any of the health problems that have been associated with estrogen due to flawed past research. Women can safely use vaginal estrogen to treat GSM symptoms without fear of increased risk of heart disease, stroke, hip fractures, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, or colorectal cancer.

Correcting the misperception that vaginal estrogen therapy is unsafe will benefit many women. Rather than having to rely on over-the-counter lubricants and moisturizers—which are typically the first treatment doctors advise—women can instead confidently begin vaginal estrogen therapy. Multiple past studies have shown this therapy is more effective than other treatments—and even more effective than oral estrogen—in combatting symptoms of GSM.

Renew Youth’s Treatment Options

At Renew Youth, we offer a proven safe and effective vaginal estrogen cream that can be applied topically to help restore moisture, elasticity, and lubrication to sensitive vaginal tissues. This will put a stop to painful sex. Our vaginal estrogen cream contains two forms of estrogen for a gentle yet effective treatment that will not affect your overall hormone balance.

Even when proper lubrication is restored, some women may need more help to enjoy sex during and after menopause. That’s why Renew Youth offers multiple treatment options that can help. As a first step, we recommend ensuring all your hormones are balanced with our comprehensive hormone replacement therapy, which will deliver the testosterone and estrogen you need for a strong sex drive. We also have other treatments that can be used to improve arousal and/or orgasm. To learn more, contact us today.

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