The survey, including more than 1,000 women, 35
years or older, who were just beginning, just
ending, or in the middle of menopause, was
conducted between June 20 and July 2, 2007.
"We are the baby-boom generation who is now
entering menopause; we are the women who lived
through the sexual revolution in the 60s and now
we are having our own sexual revolution, of a
different kind," said Giblin, the founder of the
Red Hot Mamas organization (www.redhotmamas.org),
which commissioned the Sex and Menopause Survey.
The survey was sponsored by Duramed
Pharmaceuticals and conducted by Harris
Four hundred sixty nine of these women --
about 44 percent -- reported suffering from
vaginal symptoms such as vaginal atrophy
(vaginal narrowing or shrinkage), which can
cause vaginal dryness and painful sex.
Eighty-eight percent of women experiencing
vaginal atrophy said it was causing them
problems and 47 percent said that they have
avoided, made an excuse, or stopped having sex
altogether because of physical discomfort during
Vaginal dryness, in particular, plagued more
than half of menopausal women surveyed and this
resulted in two thirds of them having less sex.
"Seventy percent of the women did not know that
therapies are available to relieve vaginal
dryness," Giblin noted.
"There are over-the-counter products to
combat dryness and your physician has a treasure
chest of prescription medications to relieve
vaginal dryness," she added.
Giblin believes men need menopause education
just as much as women. "It's not only important
that a woman have a thorough understanding of
the menopause process." Men should also because
the symptoms of menopause "can be very hard on
relationships," Giblin said.
"If a partner sees a decrease in sex with
their partner, often times the partner becomes
resentful and feels that the woman has lost
interest and it isn't necessarily true," Giblin
said. "It's very critical for women and their
significant other to stay really connected
© Reuters 2007