Prior to menopause, estrogen helps to keep the lining of your vagina healthy, thick, and elastic. With the decline in estrogen levels, this moisture disappears, which can start with a minor irritation and develop into having a great impact on your sex life.
The gradual process of thinning, drying and inflammation of the lining of the vagina, in response to prolonged deprivation of estrogen, can cause distress and pain during intercourse, as the environment is less elastic.
Moreover, changes in your vagina’s pH levels increase your susceptibility to vaginal infections. A more alkaline environment is a great breeding ground for the growth of germs, which impacts the neighboring urinary tract, making it prone to urinary infections as well.
Close to one out of every three women deals with it while going through menopause, and it increases even more with time.