How to Avoid the One Menopausal Symptom that No One Wants to Discuss

As we approach midlife and menopause, we may start to experience menopausal symptoms far beyond hot flashes. Many women experience insomnia, early morning awakening, anxiety and mood changes as well. 

Menopause may also bring about dry skin or hair and also a subject that many women are too embarrassed to discuss, vaginal dryness. Feminine dryness not only feels uncomfortable but can cause pain during intimacy and also increase incidence of Urinary Tract Infections. 

Thinning of the vaginal tissue, pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence and trouble emptying the bladder can lead to an increased chance of Urinary Tract Infections during midlife.  UTIS cause bladder pain and can often become recurrent due to bacterial resistance. 

When your body is lower in estrogen, the thinner and dryer vaginal tissue can also be more sensitive. Women can even experience symptoms when sitting and walking due to tissue changes. Pain from intimacy is often experienced as well. Even after a Urinary tract Infection has cleared, women can experience painful symptoms due to these feminine changes. The change in the vaginal ph and tissue create an environment where healthy bacteria can not thrive and the bacteria that cause UTIS can become more pronounced thus causing an infection. 

Here are several ways to ease the  irritation of vaginal dryness that can potentially lead to UTIS and bladder pain.

  • Wash with water and unscented bath products
  • Wash clothes and  underwear with unscented laundry detergent and avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets
  • Avoid applying scented and chemically based lotions to the area
  • Look for natural lubricants that can be purchased over the counter
  • Vitamin E Oil  can be applied for lubrication as a natural product for daily use or for intimacy ( Coconut Oil as well) 
  • Speak to your doctor about prescription vaginal estrogen 

As a pharmacist of over 31 years, one of the top things I hear from women who are menopausal is they may not want to start a vaginal estrogen even though it is not absorbed systemically as an oral estrogen. Despite prescription insurance, these prescription vaginal estrogen products are often expensive as well.

If  you too are uncomfortable using a vaginal estrogen; a wonderful replacement is a non-hormonal cream to help soothe the feminine area and  bring back pleasure to intimacy. This natural lubricant also reduces the chances of Urinary Tract Infections and the painful bladder that accompanies UTIS. FabuVag is an all natural, non hormonal vaginal cream , made with no harsh chemicals, soy, gluten, perfumes, dyes, petrolatum and parabens. FabuVag is made with fennel and other botanicals to provide the relief that you need to stop your discomfort and start enjoying life. You can order now with code FP3 for $3.00 off your order and be sure to choose the free shipping option in your cart.


Menopause can be a time of change but that does not mean we can not still live life to the fullest. Learning new lifestyle changes and adding in new products can mean that you can still live the fulfilled life that you deserve!

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