CHICAGO, September 25 – A new study to be presented at the North American Menopause Association's annual meeting September 25-29 in Chicago shows that menopausal women rarely talk about their vaginal health during their medical appointments. Medical staff itself seems even less easy.
The research involved 1,500 menopausal women. Among them, almost half (45%) reported experiencing vaginal itching, dryness or abnormal odor. These symptoms are typical of genitourinary menopausal syndrome (GSM). However, only 39 percent dared to talk to their doctor about it.
Even the hesitation in revealing the subject is even more pronounced among medical staff. Researchers found that the patient was more likely to disclose the matter than the physician (59% compared to 22%). A small number of women surveyed (16%) stated that discussions of this type were initiated by both parties.
Of the women who discussed this topic with their physician, 83% were satisfied or very satisfied with the results of these discussions, which led to useful recommendations. On the other hand, 18 percent didn't have that chance and complained about it.
"Because the discussions that have led to useful interventions, this suggests a role for more screening initiated by GPs for menopausal syndrome," said Dr. Amanda Clark, lead author of the study and associate researcher at Cancer Center I , Oregon.
"With so many options now available, such as prescription lubricants and humectants, as well as low-dose vaginal hormonal products containing estrogen or DHEA, there is no reason for women to continue to suffer in silence," Dr Stefani added. Faubion, medical director of the North American Menopause Society. – AFP-Relaxnews