Uncover how sexual pain impacts sexual intimacy1,21

Vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA), also known as genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), causes sexual pain and a decrease in arousal, orgasm, and desire.5,21

Consequences of vaginal pain and discomfort* on relationships†,1

Percentage of responders Female Male

* Vaginal discomfort was defined in both the female and male questionnaires as “dryness, itching, burning, or soreness in the vagina, bleeding during intercourse, pain during urination, or pain in the vagina in connection with touching and/or intercourse.”

† Data from a worldwide survey (N=8,200 respondents) conducted to better understand the emotional and physical impact of VA between postmenopausal women and their male partners.

Adapted from Nappi et al. 2013.1

High level of intimacy avoidance for both men and women1

  • Sexually inactive couples are unhappier about their relationships and have more negative interactions than couples who remain sexually engaged22

One-fourth of postmenopausal women with vaginal atrophy symptoms believe intimacy with their partner is no longer possible.1

Vaginal pain and discomfort not only harm postmenopausal women physically but also emotionally1

Vaginal pain and discomfort: How postmenopausal women feel

Adapted from Nappi et al. 2013.1

  • Vaginal atrophy symptoms often cause postmenopausal women to feel anxious and depressed3

– They remind women that they are aging, and their bodies are no longer responding or acting as they did before menopause3

‡ Vaginal discomfort was defined in both the female and male questionnaires as “dryness, itching, burning, or soreness in the vagina, bleeding during intercourse, pain during urination, or pain in the vagina in connection with touching and/or intercourse.”

Symptoms of postmenopausal urogenital atrophy, including dyspareunia, are often ignored or overlooked5

Research showed that almost 50% of postmenopausal women in the United States never discussed their VVA symptoms with an HCP§,12

  • Although symptoms of postmenopausal urogenital atrophy|| are highly prevalent and have a significant impact on quality of life, they are often underreported by women or overlooked by HCPs5

– Some women don’t discuss their symptoms due to embarrassment or cultural or religious beliefs; they may also think that VVA is simply part of getting older

§ The REVIVE (REal Women’s VIews of Treatment Options for Menopausal Vaginal ChangEs) Survey was a 2-week study with postmenopausal women (N=8081) in the United States, revealing knowledge about and impact of VVA symptoms on their lives.

|| Urogenital atrophy can lead to VVA symptoms and sexual dysfunction. VVA symptoms include dyspareunia and vaginal discomfort, dryness, itching, and burning.

Take a closer look at VVA and dyspareunia

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