Menopause Information & Products

Menopause is the permanent end of periods and fertility, that most often takes place to women in their late 40’s or early 50’s, but is also known to occur earlier or later.  The menopausal average age is 51 years old. Just about very woman is different and there is no clear way to predict when an woman will enter menopause. Women in the menopausal stage of their life, experience symptoms with varying degrees of severity.  Also not all perimenopausal (premenopause) and postmenopausal women will have the same symptoms or experience the same levels of severity.


Most women at various stages of their life will experience times when their bodies cannot produce enough natural lubrication and then experience menopausal dryness / vaginal dryness.  These reasons vary from women to women, but could include:

  • Pregnancy, child birth, breast feeding, menopause, stress and other life incidents and trauma.
  • Excessive exercise.
  • Various readily available remedies for runny noses and similar conditions.
  • Taking other various preparations.
  • Following many types of operations including hysterectomy.
  • Using tampons, marina’s and other vaginal inserts.
  • Following uncomfortable or painful sexual intercourse.
  • Using commonly available bath and shower soaps, shampoo, conditioner.
  • Some laundry products with dyes, perfumes, fabric softeners, anti-cling properties.

 Menopausal dryness vaginal dryness may be accompanied by signs and symptoms such as:

  • Itching or stinging around the vaginal opening, vulva and the lower part of the vagina.
  • Burning.
  • Soreness.
  • Chafing.
  • Pain or light bleeding with sexual intercourse.
  • Urinary frequency or urgency.
  • Arousal difficulties.
  • Sweating, especially at night.
  • Hot flushes.
  • Fatigue.
  • Memory problems.
  • Unwanted hair growth.
  • Other recurrent  issues.

Life changes are never easy, especially as we get older.  Although menopause symptoms like sleep problems, night sweats, mood swings and weight gain, make it seem like a difficult time in a woman's life, there are many actions you can take to help you through this normal life transition.  See your Healthcare Professional for advice that suits your particular health circumstances.


Vaginal dryness regardless of the cause is normal and that is were Astroglide water based Personal Lubricants can help - as they are personal lubricants and vaginal moisturisers.  We have an extensive range to choose from, including the popular water based Astroglide Naturally Derived Personal Lubricant, Astroglide Sensitive Skin Ultra Gentle Gel Personal Lubricant as well as other variants. Astroglide Naturally Derived is made wholly with natural derived and organic ingredientsFree samples are available.   As Astroglide Personal Lubricants are personal lubricants and vaginal moisturisers, they are ideal and the best vaginal lubricants for menopause and vaginal dryness. They are never sticky.


Astroglide Personal Menopause Lubricant is designed to mimic natural vaginal secretions, so many women can apply it discretely and their partners would not even know.  Additionally, it can be applied during intimacy as and when required.   All of the  Astroglide range (except Astroglide TTC Trying To Conceive) is pH stable, meaning that it similar to a normal vagina, so as to not alter the balance. 


One of the key benefits of Astroglide Personal Lubricant is that you only need a few drops to achieve lubrication and moisturisation, so the bottle or tube lasts a lot longer.  You can vary the use to suit your own circumstances.


A diet high in soybeans can help alleviate vaginal dryness. Soybeans contains isoflavones, which are plant estrogens that produce effects in a milder form.  Another really good way to maintain vaginal elasticity and lubrication is regular sexual intercourse. Now you can tell your partner it was recommended!  As common as it is, vaginal dryness is not a problem to be ignored and there are many options for treatment.  Find one that works for you and enjoy life.


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Signs You've Started Menopause

Menopause doesn’t happen overnight. The transitionary period before a woman stops having her period all together, called perimenopause, can last for a few months or for as long as four years. If you’re approaching the age when most women go through menopause (usually around 45), you may be wondering how to know when your body has begun the transition. Knowing the signs of menopause will help you take some of the uncertainty out of your own journey and will help you do what’s best for you and your body. Here’s what to look out for:


Hot Flushes

Characterised by sudden and intense feelings of being too hot, hot flushes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause. While hot flushes can be annoying, most women find that they can manage the symptoms by dressing in layers, sipping ice water, and keeping a few ice packs on hand to help cool things down.


Irregular Periods

A woman is considered to be officially in menopause after going one year without having a period. However, for most women, this process happens gradually over time. One of the most obvious early signs of menopause is experiencing irregular periods. Your fluctuating hormone levels could cause your periods to be significantly lighter or heavier than usual and the timing is likely to be off of your regular cycle.


Vaginal Dryness

This common symptom of menopause can cause vulvar irritation or discomfort and pain during sexual intercourse. The good news is that, for most women, a quality lube is all they need to start feeling like themselves again. We can even send you a free sample so you can see the difference for yourself.


Other Early Signs of Menopause

Symptoms of Menopause

While the above signs of menopause are some of the most common, there are several other symptoms that women may experience, including:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Breast tenderness
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Urine Leakage and/or increased urgency
  • Mood Swings
  • Fatigue

The symptoms of menopause can be annoying, but if you talk to your Doctor, you can work out a plan to manage your symptoms.


3 Menopause Myths You Should Stop Believing

Let’s face it: the prospect of going through menopause can be intimidating. For women who have spent their adult lives boldly managing their families and/or careers, the idea of not being in control of their own bodies can be uncomfortable.

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Despite the fact that around half the people on this planet will go through menopause, there are still a lot of menopause myths flying around that can make this time of transition even more daunting. We set out to debunk three of the most common menopause myths, so that you can be better prepared without the anxiety that can come with a changing body.


Menopause Weight Gain

1). Menopause Myth: Most women gain a lot of weight after menopause.

Fact: A recent study conducted by the International Menopause Society showed that although the hormonal changes associated with menopause can cause women to carry more weight in their abdomen, actual weight gain was influenced by non-hormonal factors like diet and exercise. So while you might not be able to control where your fat is distributed, you still have control over whether you gain that weight in the first place. If you’re concerned about weight gain or looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle, talk to you doctor to create a plan that works for you.

Love after menopause

2). Menopause Myth: Women lose interest in sex after menopause.

Fact: While it’s true that some women may experience a decreased libido after menopause, many women find their postmenopausal sex life to be more fulfilling than ever. If your desire is normal, but vaginal dryness is holding you back, using a personal lubricant like Astroglide Gel can help sex feel comfortable again. (Want to see if Astroglide will work for you? Request a free sample!)

If you are concerned about your sex drive, talk to your doctor to explore your options and to rule out more serious conditions. No matter what, don’t assume that menopause means the end of your sex life. You deserve to be getting it on well into your golden years.

Sex after menopause

3). Menopause Myth: Unpleasant symptoms associated with menopause are inevitable.

Fact: Menopause affects every woman differently. While some women do experience the classic symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, mood changes and vaginal dryness, other women move through this transition with little to no unpleasant symptoms. So if menopause is on the horizon for you, don’t assume the worst. Educating yourself and being proactive in addressing your symptoms as they appear is the best way to prepare yourself for this new chapter in your life.


Just because menopause might change your body doesn’t mean that you have to change who you are. If you find yourself feeling different during or after menopause, don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor -- there might be some way that they’ll be able to help.



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