Recognizing your vaginal symptoms.

Listen to your body. What is it telling you? The first step toward the treatment of vaginal changes due to menopause—an absolutely normal, common, and treatable condition—is to recognize your own symptoms.

Arm yourself with information.

Identifying and tracking your own symptoms can help you talk to your health care provider, improving the likelihood of an accurate diagnosis. Don’t let embarrassment about the condition stop you from having the discussion and getting the help you deserve.

She's ready to talk to her health care provider about her vaginal symptoms.

Make "you" a priority.

If you think it's uncomfortable to discuss your vaginal symptoms, try ignoring it. Make your own health a priority. Talk with your health care provider about treatment.

Compare your symptoms.

Here are some of the common vaginal symptoms women sometimes experience after menopause. Are you experiencing any of these yourself?

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain and bleeding during intercourse
  • Vaginal irritation
  • Vaginal soreness
  • Itching in and around the vagina
  • Painful urination

"I haven't had my period for over a year, and my hot flashes and moodiness have subsided. I have noticed, though, that it hurts sometimes when I have intercourse."
– Alice, 52

Tools to help you.

Generate a list of your symptoms.

We’ve got an online tool that collects information you provide about your symptoms and creates a report you can take to your health care provider’s office. Something concrete like this may help you begin the conversation with your health care provider.

Create your Symptoms Report

Symptom Diary.

Keep track of your vaginal changes using a symptoms diary.

Sometimes it may be difficult to remember how long you’ve been experiencing symptoms, what effect your activities may have had on your level of discomfort, or how severe your symptoms have been. Keep track of this information in one place so you can build a history, and then share it with your health care provider.

Download the Symptom Diary