OCTOBER MENOPAUSE AWARENESS MONTH

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                                Kathy Abernethy, Specialist Menopause Nurse

Hot flushes, weight gain, hair loss – all issues related to the menopause that you will no doubt have written about for features on the topic. However, one of the lesser known – and much less talked about – effects of the menopause is vaginal dryness.
Many women first notice vaginal dryness during the perimenopause or menopause when making love. It can make penetration painful and uncomfortable and if left untreated, can have a significant impact on relationships and self-confidence.
It’s not all bad news though. Sylk, a natural plant-based intimate moisturiser, recently commissioned a survey1 of over 1,000 women to explore sexual behaviour in the UK and found that over the age of 40 we are certainly not lacking in love! The survey found that:
70% of women in their 40s have sex at least once a week
Once sexually active from 18 years of age, frequency of sex only appears to decline significantly once women reach the ‘over 60 year old’ category. And still, 51% of the 60 and over age group have sex at least once a week.
And, 34% of the 60+ age group are having sex 2-3 times a week!
Menopause Month is October – with particular focus on International Menopause Society’s World Awareness Day on October 18th 2014. If you’re planning to write an educational piece about the menopause, we can put you in touch with Kathy Abernethy2, specialist menopause nurse, for an expert comment or advice.
Women don’t need to suffer in silence, but can talk to a healthcare professional such as the GP or local pharmacist about the condition. For free downloadable guide on vaginal dryness and treatment by Kathy Abernethy visit; sylk.co.uk.

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For further information please contact Jo Gulliver or Francesca Levi at Trinity PR on 020 7112 4905 or 0770 948 7961.
References:
Survey conducted by Gorkana ‘Sylk Relationship Survey’. Total respondents 1000. Started 16:41 03/06/2014 Completed 07:08 04/06/2014
Kathy has worked in the field of menopause for many years and has published widely on the topic in the lay and nursing press. She currently works in a multidisciplinary NHS menopause clinic, as well as running menopause education programmes for nurses. www.themenopausecourse.com

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