Wednesday, September 30, 2015
CLEVELAND – Results from qualitative research of postmenopausal women with vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA) show that they recognize the significant physical, emotional and psychological consequences of untreated dyspareunia (painful sex) yet they continue to suffer because of misperceptions about the condition and a general lack of understanding about treatment options.
Sheryl A. Kingsberg, PhD, Chief of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of OB/GYN at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, will present the findings during an oral presentation, “Women’s Attitudes and Behaviors towards Vulvar and Vaginal Atrophy.” The presentation is scheduled for Oct. 1 at 4:45 p.m. PDT at The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) 2015 Annual Meeting, held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas from Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2015. This announcement was made by University Hospitals Case Medical Center and TherapeuticsMD, Inc. (NYSE MKT: TXMD). This qualitative research was funded by TherapeuticsMD.
“Many women continue to experience pain during sex because they mistakenly believe VVA to be a sexual consequence of aging instead of the true medical condition that we know it to be," said Dr. Kingsberg, who is also Professor of Reproductive Biology and Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “Although they characterize their symptoms in medical terms – severe pain, sensitivity and soreness that lasts for days, and vaginal bleeding and irritation – they perceive these symptoms to be part of a sexual problem that is not supposed to be discussed with, and managed by, a health care professional. This may help explain why VVA remains underdiagnosed and undertreated, with only 7 percent of women who experience symptoms treated with prescription therapy.”†