Genitourinary Menopause Syndrome is a new classification for genital, sexual and urinary changes in the lower genital tract associated with menopause. Around 50 million women are over age 51, with as many as 17 million experiencing Genitourinary Menopause Syndrome symptoms.
What is Genitourinary Menopause Syndrome?
As we age, our bodies change. Our bodies go through puberty and reach a peak with prime health and ultimate balance. After that peak, our bodies start changing again, unfortunately in the opposite direction. One of these changes is hormone production. Another change is loss of muscle mass and bone density. Even sexual functions change.
For women, a big change happens later in life, menopause. Menopause marks the end of reproduction for women. This change can begin as early as your 40s. The average time is in your early 50s. Recently, this change has been evaluated and realized many symptoms of change are due to Genitourinary Menopause Syndrome. Instead of just an end to reproduction, there is change in sexual function and urinary function. With the decrease in estrogen, and loss of collagen and lubrication, urinary and sexual function become difficult and sometimes unmanageable.
How To Fix
Menopause happens after a year of no periods. Even if there are no eggs being produced, the total absence of periods must happen. This change cannot be reversed. Unfortunately though, along with the end of reproduction, comes other changes such as frequent urinary infections and frequent urination. Also, there are genital changes as dryness which causes uncomfortable or painful sex. The classification of these symptoms being related to menopause is helping this stage in life become more recognized and treated.
A treatment for urinary and sexual function is Viveve. The 45 minute procedure uses electro stimulation to help revive the vaginal area to improve intercourse. The lubrication is increase with the procedure, minimizing pain during sex. The procedure also aids in reviving sexual pleasure, with heightened experiences.
Besides improved sexual function that has decreased due to Genitourinary Menopause Syndrome, urinary issues can be improved. As women go through this stage in life, there are increased urges to use the restroom. Increased infections happen and urinary leakage. The leakage starts as stress leakage, when you sneeze or laugh, but then progresses into everyday leakage. The Viveve treatment stimulates the area that has lost collagen so it can once again produce and stop the urge or stress leakage.
Menopause can not be reversed, but the symptoms that come along with it, can be fixed. Talk with us about Viveve if you are experiencing these symptoms.