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Actress Cheryl Hines says that it is ‘OK’ to talk about pain during intercourse

Painful sex due to menopause is not the most comfortable topic to talk about, but actress and “Curb your Enthusiasm” star Cheryl Hines is the opening of the “painfully uncomfortable conversation” to help educate more women about the possible treatments.

It can occur in women in their 40’s or 50’s, and no one likes to talk about it…

The menopause.

The biological process is defined as the time that marks the end of your menstrual cycles, or after you’ve been 12 months without a menstrual period, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Additional symptoms often include hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems, mood swings, weight gain and thinning hair and dry skin.

Perhaps one of the most embarrassing symptoms of menopause is to ask your doctor about pain during intercourse caused by the condition vulvar and vaginal atrophy, also known as genitourinary of the menopausal syndrome (GSM). Low estrogen levels after menopause can lead to MOBILE phones, which comes with its own lot of annoying symptoms such as vaginal dryness, itching, dyspareunia, urinary urgency and increased frequency, and infections of the urinary tract.

To help women begin to talk, more open and honest about painful sex due to menopause, actress and “Curb your Enthusiasm” star Cheryl Hines, along with menopause expert, Dr. Marla Shapiro and AMAG pharmaceuticals to the launch of the campaign ‘Painful Uncomfortable Conversations.’

“I think a lot of women think that they are something that other people do not go through, so they are embarrassed to bring it to their friends or their health care provider,” Hines told Fox News. “This campaign is just about to say, are natural and normal, and it is OK to talk about.”

GSM affects almost 50 percent of the postmenopausal women. The chronic progressive disease and the symptoms are not likely to resolve without treatment, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“Often women do not understand that what happens in their vagina and is related to the loss of estrogen, loss of sex hormones,” Dr. Marla Shapiro, a professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, told Fox News. “What is happening in both the vagina and the area around the vagina without estrogen is it loses its elasticity and the fluids and mucus and the vagina becomes very thin and atrophic.”

In terms of the treatment, Shapiro said over-the-counter lubricants do not change, what happens to the lining of the vulva and vagina, that they are more of a “Band-Aid approach.”

“There are many different options that are available now, local therapies, both estrogen and non-estrogen therapies,” Shapiro said. “Women need to talk with their health care provider in terms of what it offers and what it can do for them.”

Hines, who said that she’s ready to start recording the new season of “Curb your Enthusiasm” next month and can even direct in an episode of itself, is not afraid to talk to her doctor and friends about the menopause symptoms that she can experience and hopes that this campaign will help other women feel the same way.

“I’m not afraid to ask questions. I’m not afraid to say: “Is there anything that can be done for this or not?’ I think it’s a very natural part of life,” Hines said.

Lindsay Carlton is a Senior producer and writer for Fox Digital Originals. Follow her on Twitter @LCCARLTON

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