DHEA Suppository Eases Vaginal Dryness in Small Study

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For women suffering from painful sex due to estrogen plummeting during perimenopause and menopause, listen up, there might be a new option on the horizon soon! A new DHEA vaginal suppository for treating vaginal dryness may be one step closer to government approval!

For postmenopausal women, suppositories containing the hormone DHEA may reduce vaginal dryness, discomfort and pain during sex without raising overall estrogen levels, researchers report.  Please note that this is a small trial, but could be promising for many women.

DHEA is an anti-aging hormone which is produced by both women and men.  Many women with low levels of certain hormones take DHEA to improve well-being and sexuality.

Vaginal tissues tends to shrink after menopause and produce less moisture.  This  leads to discomfort during sex, and vaginal and urinary problems, according to background information in the study.

“Intravaginal DHEA is a good alternative to estrogen creams in postmenopausal women with vaginal atrophy that manifests as vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse,” said Dr. Elizabeth Kavaler, an urology specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

After struggling with her own severe menopause symptoms and doing years of research, Ellen resolved to share what she learned from experts and her own trial and error. Her goal was to replace the confusion, embarrassment, and symptoms millions of women go through–before, during, and after menopause–with the medically sound solutions she discovered. Her passion to become a “sister” and confidant to all women fueled Ellen’s first book, Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness. As a result of the overwhelming response from her burgeoning audiences and followers’ requests for empowering information they could trust, Ellen’s weekly blog, Menopause MondaysTM, was born.

  • You are not alone, Linda. So many women are suffering with vaginal atrophy. The more options available for them the better!