Cystitis and vaginal pain

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I'm struggling to accept that at 46 I'm in the menopause. For the past 6 years I've been experiencing symptoms which have got worse and more frequent particularly cystitis with vaginal pain and burning sensations. I have had no libido for over 6 yrs and my marriage has suffered. I feel very low with the pain and what's ahead of me. I am being encouraged by g.p to start hrt but hate medication and fear further side effects.Does anyone else get vaginal pain , irritation and interstitial cystitis as a menopause symptom ? Any Hrt advice would be most welcome.

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    Yea Joanne 

    i got same discomfort, i am age 50 and 19 months post menopause .

    its declining hormones causing bladder discomfort, and vaginal discomfort

    ( vaginal atrophy ) i use ovestin estriol vaginal ovules from Gyno.

    also the urethra shrinks and dries out too and causes discomfort .

    jay xx   

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      The HRT i take is just for vaginal dryness and vaginal ovule, its estriol the kinder estrogen, i cant take normal HRT as too high risk for me.

      this only treats the unbearable vaginal discomfort ( vaginal atrophy) and plumps up the vaginal walls and protects bladder ( urethra) discomfort below too.. Doesnt treat any other menopause symptoms, also having discomfort from very mild uterine prolapse needs must.. Cant be without them - so soothing and works wonders , my VA was severe so couldnt suffer it anymore, been using them as required ( half ovule as enough for me ) since september 14 and made life / sex life much better .

      good luck 

      jay x

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      Hi jaynee

      Thanks for the support . I've got Drs appt to discuss the topical options as I'm struggling to cope with the bladder pain and vaginal discomfort . Do you get a burning dragging sensation at all . I feel so old at 46 and very anxious . My poor husband has s lot to put up with .

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    Hi joanne, yes I also get pain and aching in my ovaries occasionally and burning sensation, and havent had a period for 2 years. i had a UTI awhile back with these and other symptons so we got that taken care of, but occasionally I will have this pain... when I had the Uti I had them check everything, pap test, exam, ultrasound and internal ultrasound and they said my ovaries looked fine, very small fibroid on my uterus and thats it, yet I will still sometimes have discomfort and I notice its usually when my body still has hormone cycles of breast pain or sore joints or breaking out just like a period only with no bleeding. I am not in favor of hrt,s just really want to do this naturally, but it sometimes is a literal pain! I do take many supplements suggested like the b vitamins, d3 and magnesium has really helped my joint aches.. your vaginal pain could also be due to dryness, ive have used vita E oil and that helps with intimacy, hope some of this helps you, i feel your pain if nothing else, but this to shall pass eventually smile
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    Yes me too.  I need to be careful as I seem to be prone to cistitis and also have the painful burning with intimacy.  I literally can't bear it.  I was on HRT patches for a couple of years and felt pretty good.  I went off them about a year ago and have felt like a 90 year old ever since.  Bad aching, painful joints everywhere and just about every other symptom on this board.  I told the Dr about the burning and pain and she gave me Vagifem to try.  It has helped a little bit but not enough.  I am 60 now and don't want to have to go back onto HRT but what do I do?  Do all these symptoms ever actually go away??  I feel old before my time.
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    I do get a little bit of discomfort down there plus with urinating a lot too. There are times it burns or itches. 

    I don't have any adivice on HRT because I am not on it and I am against it 

    Its really up to you if you want to be on HRT but read up on it first and talk to your doctor about what he thinks 

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