Up to half of all women will experience pain before, during, or after sex at menopause and beyond. Hormonal shifts and dwindling oestrogen make the tissues in the vagina thin, dry and less elastic, along with changing vaginal pH, which can lead to pain during sex.

Don't think sexual pain is just part of menopause. Sex should never hurt. If it does, intimate training self care can help.

Menopause: when sex hurts

Hormonal changes: After menopause, painful intercourse is associated with decreased estrogen levels. The vaginal tissues tend to become less elastic, more fragile, and more susceptible to bleeding, tearing or pain during sex or during a pelvic exam. For many women, vaginal atrophy shrinks the vagina making intercourse painful or impossible.

Vaginal pH imbalance: The loss of oestrogen causes the vagina to become less acidic, which makes the body more susceptible to urinary tract infections (UTI's) and pathogenic bacteria. Vaginal infections can cause dryness, and itchiness which also can make sex uncomfortable.

Pelvic muscle tension: Pain associated with deep penetration or certain positions may be caused by inadequate relaxation of pelvic muscles or conditions that affect the pelvic area, such as pelvic floor dysfunction, endometriosis and uterine fibroids.

Other factors: Sometimes, other factors are at play, including injury or trauma, such as from childbirth, or pelvic surgery (prolapse, preventive BRCA related, ovarian cysts among others) . Skin conditions like eczema or lichen sclerosus, or an infection in your genital area or urinary tract also can cause sex to be painful.

Intimate wellness, self care

Aquafit PRÉ Intimate Gel Stick couples pelvic and vaginal muscle training, with the deep delivery of all natural hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3 and lactic acid to the vaginal walls.

Aquafit PRÉ helps regain vaginal elasticity, relieves vaginal dryness, soothes sensitive tissue, and balances healthy vaginal pH to protect against infections, for pain free intimacy.

"Use it or lose it" is true when it comes to sexual wellness. Intimate training improves blood flow and activates your vaginal lubrication glands.

Take five minutes for yourself

The pelvic floor is a muscle and it needs exercise, especially in menopause as the pelvic muscles gradually loose their strength and vaginal tissue lose elasticity.

Intimate training takes 5-7 minutes, every other day or as needed. Aquafit Intimate Gel Sticks adapt to your individual anatomy and are self lubricating for pain free intimate training.

Regular intimate training during menopause and beyond, even if you are taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT), can help you maintain your sexual health and enjoy intimacy at your prime.

100% Pure Intimacy

Aquafit Intimate Gel Sticks are formulated from water and 100% natural plant extracts to give the most natural feeling possible. No parabens, no hormones, no fragrance, no color, no irritants.

Uniquely designed for the vaginal environment Aquafit Intimate Gel Sticks are iso-osmolar ensuring non-toxicity for vaginal tissues so you can enjoy our products without having to worry about synthetic additives, chemicals or animal testing.

Always consult a health care professional if you are experiencing new or worsening vaginal pain, bleeding, or discharge following intercourse during menopause.

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