Genital discharge and irritation: how not to make matters worse

In menopause, many women need to wear leak protectors. Sometimes, however, these are synthetic and poorly breathable materials that tend to worsen a situation that could already be compromised by the AVV. Here’s how to choose the most suitable underwear.

This article was written in collaboration with our gynecologists

In menopause, blood loss and genital irritation can be quite frequent.

This happens due to variations in hormone production and consequent changes in vaginal pH which can result in greater vulnerability to infections .

These conditions can result in itching and burning , intimate aches , vulvar dryness , and pain during intercourse .

If you experience one of these disorders, it is always good to consult your gynecologist to rule out that bleeding and irritation may be signs of real pathological conditions  affecting the genital system (read here how the female genital system changes after the age of 50 ).

Because dryness and intimate irritation must always be investigated

Nine times out of ten  vaginal dryness can be a corollary of menopause , but there is a risk that it is also a contributing cause of candida , a frequent infection that is well treated.

As well as irritations can be a potentially trigger for this fungal infection . This explains why,  even in the presence of only one of these annoying symptoms, it  is essential to seek medical attention .

If you are in menopause for some years, there is also the possibility that behind those losses there is a more complex situation, in this case related to menopause: the ‘ Atrophy Vaginal vulva .

1 in 2 menopausal women suffers from Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy

Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy is a pathological , progressive and chronic condition , which affects 1 in 2 women in menopause and for which early diagnosis is essential.

AVV causes a  thinning of the vulvar tissues,  which become more fragile and less elastic, and this causes discomfort and pain in normal daily life but also, and above all, during intimate intercourse . A particularly annoying condition that can create discomfort, embarrassment and which, if not addressed, in the long run can also have repercussions on the couple’s relationship.

Yet there is still too little talk of Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy : a direct and sincere dialogue with the gynecologist is essential in this sense because there is much that can be done to alleviate the symptoms and recover one’s well-being as a woman .

If you want to deepen and learn more about the symptoms, effects and treatments of Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy you can consult our article about it by clicking here .

Advice for hygiene and underwear in case of leaks and irritation

It goes without saying that under certain conditions such as those we have described (loss, sores, infections and itching) a proper hygiene and thorough linen choice may be helpful to avoid worsening the situation.

Here are some practical tips that can relieve intimate annoyances :

  • in menopause the intimate defenses can be reduced: choose delicate intimate cleansers that respect the mucous membranes that are already dry and therefore delicate and fragile;
  • if you need protection for blood loss ( or for incontinence ) opt for those in pure cotton wool , without synthetic filters (the ideal would be washable cotton pads , those that grandmothers used to be clear, a solution not practical but certainly the best in terms of respect for the skin and also for the environment );
  • wears only  briefs in natural fabrics (cotton) and white in color : synthetic and / or colored fabrics, in the long run, can prevent natural perspiration, favoring the stagnation of sweat and humidity, increasing the probability of infections ;
  • the same rule also applies to clothing : avoid synthetic fibers , in particular for particularly tight and tight pants that can contribute to exacerbate the itching and help maintain an intimate environment that is anything but dry.

Although our advice may be useful, remember that only the gynecologist  can show you the hygiene methods and protections that best suit your problems and guide you towards a path of improvement


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