My Labia Don't Plump Up Like They Used To Before Menopause

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 08:33
Submitted by Betty Dodson

Hi Betty,

I'm 66 and entered menopause 14 years ago. I continue to have a (mostly) satisfying sex life, centered around masturbation (about once a week); and oral sex and intercourse with my lover (who unfortunately lives at some distance, so that's not as frequent).

I use Estrace cream for vaginal dryness and it works pretty well. My question is more about the thinning of labial tissue. Masturbation (with a vibrator) and oral sex are somewhat uncomfortable, due to the thinning out of the tissue of my labia.

They just don't plump up the way they used to before menopause. I do make sure to not hurry either activity, to make sure I have enough time to get aroused. Will the Estrace help my thinned-out labia (esp. the inner lips) if I regularly rub some of the cream into them? Also, you mention that almond oil is good for lubrication; will that help my labia tissue as well?

Thanks so much for all you and Carlin and your contributors do!

Regards,
L

Dear L,

Ah the Joys and challenges of menopause. It's wonderful to be past using any kind of birth control but our changing sex organ can be a nuisance. First off, congratulations on remaining sexual. That does require commitment. Since you are still feeling discomfort with your labia, the Estrace cream isn't solving your problem.

I have been using a bio-identical hormone cream since my mid-sixties and I'm in in my mid eighties now. I still enjoy vaginal penetration with a dildo or even a partner with my vibrator on my clitoris. Since I've declared war on the big pharmaceutical companies excessive drug pushing, I use a compounding pharmacy that makes my HRT just for me. I highly recommend this. I'm enclosing my essay for you to consider.

Three cheers for orgasmic Post Menopausal Women!

Dr. Betty

Liberating women one orgasm at a time

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following up

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:48
Lynn Cohen (not verified)

Dear Dr. Betty,
I'm writing to thank you for your suggestions and the essay. I found a localish practitioner who prescribes bioidentical hormones, and have started on a combination estrogen-progesterone-testosterone cream, as well as a different estrogen applied vaginally. I've only been on them a short time, but have noticed a difference in ease of arousal and overall libido, and am feeling much more confident about this aging body. When she asked who referred me, I said that actually it was you, because I wouldn't have found her practice without your guidance. She has women in her practice who are in their 80s, who are benefitting from bioidentical hormones. Hooray for staying sexual!
Best regards! 

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