Dr. Aline Zoldbrod is a well-known Boston-based licensed psychologist, individual and couples therapist, and an AASECT certified sex therapist. She is the author of three commercially published books about sexuality and relationships. Her book, SexSmart: How Your Childhood Shaped Your Sexual Life and What to Do About It has been translated into four languages and was recognized as one of the top three sex-help books of the year. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program. You can find her at sexsmart.com.
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Secret for Postmenopausal Women

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 04:26 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The most common complaint I hear from postmenopausal women is that sexual intercourse is painful. That makes l sense, because a lack of estrogen makes vaginal tissue thin and very fragile.

Yet when most women confront the sudden, searing sexual pain that can comes upon us as we age, we are surprised.

I just got back from my 50th college reunion, and at the women’s breakfast I got asked a question about what works for female dryness. Luckily, there is an over-the-counter, nonhormonal, product that can solve this sexual problem. I’m excited to tell you about it, because most women — and even many doctors — don’t know about it. It is called Replens Long Lasting Vaginal Moisturizer.

If you have experienced this problem and tried regular lubricants with no luck, don’t be discouraged about trying Replens. It is different from a typical lubricant because it binds directly to the lining of the vagina, the epithelium. It attracts water to the tissues, and it reduces dryness, itching, and irritation.

You don’t use it like a regular lubricant. Instead, apply Replens several times a week, before bed, with regularity — not right when you want to have sex.

Let me assure you that I have no financial relationship with Replens. But I feel it is important to let you know of Replens’s existence because vaginal dryness and pain is such a common symptom in the over-50 crowd of women.

Painful intercourse leads to avoidance of intercourse, and for a lot of heterosexual couples, this is part of a downward slide to a sexless marriage and unhappiness.

As someone who has been writing about women’s health for twenty five years, I just had to let you in on this sex therapist secret.

Replens has been endorsed by a number of organizations concerned with womens’ health. The North American Menopause Society published guidelines that state "Nonhormonal vaginal lubricants with intercourse and regular use of long-acting vaginal moisturizers, if indicated, are first-line therapies to combat this health problem.”

Replens has been studied and its effectiveness verified in the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s clinical journal in 2013, as well as an earlier study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The NEJM study, remarkably, found that Replens provided relief of vaginal dryness symptoms that was the equivalent to using the hormone estrogen.

The downside product is that the product is expensive. The version that has a refillable tube is the most cost effective option.

Also make sure you get the right version, because Replens makes a similar product that is a normal lubricant, not a long lasting one.

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