Menopause brings about a variety of health complications in women and typically can lead to a decrease in quality of life. If you are about to enter into menopause, and if you are proactively working to preserve your ideal health, it is important to ask your doctor about the complications associated with hormones as well as muscular complications.
In many women, menopause brings about weight gain that is attributed to changes in hormonal balance. These changes, in turn, bring about complications with loss of muscle mass and leads to metabolic decline. When metabolism declines, weight gain during menopause ensues and this can adversely affect sexual function and even lead to muscular complications in the groin and pelvic region.
Vaginismus is a common involuntary muscle complication in women who have experienced menopause weight gain. With this type of complication, the vaginal muscles will involuntarily contract, leading to pain throughout the day and even lead to complications with normal sexual function. In women with this complication, vaginismus can often mimic the pain associated with conditions such as herpes vulvitis but, fortunately, no infection of STD is present.
If you find that your menopause weight gain may be contributing to your muscle pain and sexual function, be sure to ask your doctor about the role of vaginismus and what you can do to mitigate the complication. For many women, the treatment options will be limited but your doctor may guide you in how to strengthen pelvic muscles using Kegel exercises. When muscle constriction is intense and causing significant pain, the added use of muscle relaxers may also be recommended.
Weight loss during menopause is important and will help to mitigate complications with all muscle mass complications. Most importantly, if you can follow a healthy diet and exercise program, you may find that weight loss and leans muscle mass development will help to subside the issues of vaginismus as well. Be sure to work with your doctor, work with a nutritionist, and find a personal trainer who can assist you effectively.
Sources: Completely Overcome Vaginismus, by Mark & Lisa Carter