Within six months of losing estrogen, many women notice vaginal dryness and painful sex leading to a decreased sex drive. No matter how much you love your partner, when your brain receives pain signals with sex, it turns off libido! Incontinence of urine, urgency and frequent bladder infections occur more often in postmenopausal women who don’t take estrogen.
That’s why it’s common to see older women on no HRT who have to use Depends! The good news is that both problems often resolve with a course of vaginal estrogen. Don’t cheat yourself by waiting too long. The most protection comes from starting estrogen within 10 years of menopause.
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