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Question: I seem to experince a tearing in my vaginal walls during intercourse. Dryness has never been a problem for me , but after awhile the friction causes a tear. What would be a cream that's natural and safe for toughning my thin skin. (smile) I am still going through the menopause. Thanks.

Answer: Vaginal dryness may become a problem during menopause because of decreased estrogen hormone. I recommend prolonged foreplay to give your body more time to lubricate naturally and a silicone-based lubricant during sex. If that doesn’t help, ask your doctor about a vaginal estrogen. My favorite is Vagifem. These estrogen suppositories are placed in your vagina once or twice a week and help to make your vagina moist and strong. --Dr. Hilda

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