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"Painful sex does not have to be my story"
-Susan S., IMVEXXY Patient

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"Painful sex does not have to be my story"
-Susan S., IMVEXXY Patient

Explore more patient stories below.

Women Are Finally Speaking Up About Menopause and the Stigma of Vulvar and Vaginal Atrophy

Too many menopausal women suffer in silence while managing symptoms like vaginal discomfort and pain associated with sex. It’s important to remember you aren’t alone. Meet Jennifer, Carla and Susan. Here they share their personal experiences with vulvar and vaginal atrophy, including how they found relief from painful sex with IMVEXXY and why they wish they’d spoken up sooner.


Meet Jennifer

For me, the symptoms of vulvar and vaginal atrophy and painful sex during menopause extended beyond physical pain—there was also a mental component. I thought, is this going to be my life moving forward? When I finally talked to my healthcare provider and learned about my options, I wished I hadn’t waited so long!

Meet Carla

It puts a strain on an important part of your relationship. I had heard about pain and dryness during sex due to menopause, but I wasn’t anticipating this kind of pain. For a while, I just dealt with it, thinking maybe this will pass. When it didn’t, I knew it was time to speak up.

Meet Susan

I felt so alone—so isolated. After a year of pain, I went to my gynecologist and cried. I was shocked when she told me the pain and dryness were due to menopause and could be treated. I didn’t expect that to be part of the journey. I thought it was just me.


While painful sex due to menopause can take a physical toll, the emotional impact can often be just as difficult to bear. These women have each been there, and by sharing how they found the courage to take control of their health, they hope to empower you to do the same.

Talking About It

When intimacy after menopause becomes associated with pain, it can be an isolating experience for both partners. Talking openly about what’s wrong is the first step toward finding lasting relief.

Words Of Encouragement

Don’t be afraid to prioritize your sexual health! You don’t have to go through this alone.


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IMVEXXY (estradiol vaginal inserts) is a prescription medicine that contains an estrogen hormone in a vaginal insert. It is used after menopause to treat moderate to severe painful intercourse, a symptom of changes in and around your vagina, due to menopause.

Important Risk Information


  • Using estrogen-alone may increase your chance of getting cancer of the uterus (womb).
  • Report any unusual vaginal bleeding right away while you are using IMVEXXY. Vaginal bleeding after menopause may be a warning sign of cancer of the uterus (womb). Your healthcare provider should check any unusual vaginal bleeding to find out the cause.
  • Do not use estrogen-alone or with progestins to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, or dementia (decline of brain function).
  • Using estrogen-alone or with progestin may increase your chances of getting strokes or blood clots.
  • Using estrogen-alone or with progestins may increase your chance of getting dementia, based on a study of women 65 years of age or older.
  • Using estrogens with progestins may increase your chances of getting heart attacks or breast cancer.
  • Talk to your doctor regularly about whether you still need treatment with IMVEXXY.

Do not use if you

  • have unusual vaginal bleeding.
  • currently have or have had certain cancers.
  • currently have or have had blood clots.
  • had a stroke or heart attack.
  • currently have or have had liver problems.
  • have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder.
  • are allergic to IMVEXXY or any of its ingredients.
  • think you may be pregnant.


Tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have any unusual vaginal bleeding.
  • have asthma (wheezing), epilepsy (seizures), diabetes, migraine, endometriosis, lupus, angioedema (swelling of face and tongue), problems with your heart, liver, thyroid, kidneys, or have high calcium levels in your blood.
  • are going to have surgery or will be on bed rest. You may need to stop using IMVEXXY.
  • are breast feeding.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take.

IMVEXXY may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how IMVEXXY works.

When using IMVEXXY you may have

  • headache
  • breast tenderness or pain
  • nausea and vomiting

The risk information provided here is not complete. To learn more, talk about IMVEXXY with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. The FDA-approved product labeling can be found here.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit MedWatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to TherapeuticsMD at 1-888-228-0150

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