While everyone associates menopause with hot flashes and mood swings, less well-known is that millions of menopausal women also experience painful intercourse. In fact, it’s common enough that there’s a medical term for it, dyspareunia.
Many women think the problem is a normal aspect of aging or are too embarrassed to seek help, says actress and health crusader Virginia Madsen, who currently stars in the Lifetime drama Witches of East End.
“Too many women are suffering in silence,” says Madsen. “We have to be our own advocates and speak up about what’s happening to our bodies. Dyspareunia is a real thing; it’s not in your head, and it can be treated.”
Madsen is a paid spokesperson for the pharmaceutical company Shionogi that is marketing Osphena, a medication that has recently been approved to treat dyspareunia. Drug decisions are up to you and your healthcare provider, but the Post welcomes the opportunity to shed light on a previously “unmentionable” issue.
Learn more about the medication and the condition from the manufacturer at findingthewords.com.