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Having regular sexual intercourse definitely helps to keep the vaginal walls and tissues limber and lubricated (but that doesnt mean you have to have lots of intercourse.) Once you enter into menopause the tissues will tend to start to dry out and thin. Using the replacement hormone estriol in a vaginal cream inserted with a tube plunger helps with this. This must be prescribed by your gynecologist.
yes it takes awhile to get comfortable inside, ask your partner to be gentle. Anyway, i didn't need the cream til i was 56 and thru menopause. Once, since i have been older, i hadn't had intercourse for 16 years, and when i tried to again, it hurt and felt all stretched out and sore after. It took awhile to get used to it again.
As women get older and especially during and after menopause, the vaginal walls become drier and thin. This can lead to tears and vaginal prolapse if we do not take care of ourselves. If you do not want to take the hormone cream mentioned by someone else here, another great option is using a natural item to keep your vagina lubricated. There are options at the stores, depending on where you live, like LOLA, a personal lubricant for women that is all natural, made with organic aloe. This can be a little difficult to get inside you where it's needed unless it's put on to something else first, like a masturbation toy, then inserted into the vagina. Another option is to use solid, room temperature, cold-pressed coconut oil. With it being a solid and room temperature, you can easily get a small chunk and then insert it high into the vagina. Your body heat will quickly melt it, coating and nourishing the inside walls of your vagina. Coconut oil does not stain cotton clothing, whatever leaks out will wash out in the laundry. I have been using this method for about a year now. I no longer have any pain during sex. Not only am I dealing with menopause but I have Sjogren's, an autoimmune disease that dries out everything, eyes, mouth, skin, vagina, everything. If it works for me, I am certain it will work for you. But let me be clear. This is not something to use right before sex just to make things feel better. Use it regularly, whether you will be having sex or not, use it hours before sex so it has time to soak in. This is not just about easing passage into your vagina, it's also about your vaginal health. You don't want tears, you don't want vaginal prolapse. Take care of yourselves ladies. Be good to you.