After menopause, many women experience pain during sexual intercourse due to vaginal atrophy. This condition causes the tissue that comprises the vaginal walls to thin. Additionally, it causes a decrease in elasticity because of the reduced estrogen level. Fortunately, the drug Osphena may be able to correct the issue for High Desert residents.
The FDA-approved prescription-only Osphena in 2014. This drug is available in a tablet or as an injection. Osphena restores elasticity in the vaginal walls. It only is effective in postmenopausal women. Ultimately, it makes sexual intercourse more comfortable. Unlike other drugs used to treat this problem in the past, Osphena doesn’t contain estrogen. Instead, it’s a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM). This means, it only acts like estrogen in certain parts of a woman’s body.
Like all drugs, there is risk associated with taking Osphena for Victorville and Apple Valley women. It may increase the number of hot flashes a woman experiences. Vaginal discharge, sweating and muscles spasms may occur as well. In worst cases, which are rare, a woman may experience blood clots like a pulmonary embolism. Deep vein thrombosis, heart attack, and stroke are rare but possible. Your risk is increased if you have a history of blood/vessel disease, stroke, heart failure, are immobile or had blood clots.