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FDA Approves Med for Painful Sex

If you are a woman in menopause and experiencing painful sex, you’ll be interested to know that the FDA approved a new drug for painful sex on February 26th.

Itís called Osphena and it is a selective estrogen receptor modulator or SERM. This medication is similar to other medications of this type such as Tamoxifen and Raloxifene.

SERMs activate some tissues that are sensitive to estrogen such as in this case, the vagina, while are much less active in tissues such as the breast.

In a study of 1,889 postmenopausal women, those who used Ospeneal had a statistically significant improvement in the degree of painful sex over the 12 weeks of the study compared to women who received a placebo.

Common side effects included hot flashes, vaginal discharge, muscle spasms and excessive sweating. The package insert warns that the drug may increase the risk of endometrial (uterine lining) cancer, blood clots and stroke. It also states that the medication should be used for the shortest amount of time possible to achieve patientsí treatment goals.

Since vaginal dryness is one of the most common symptoms of menopause and since the symptom continues to worsen over time, it is likely that this new medication will have benefits but will also benefit from being paired and extended with non-hormonal vaginal moisturizers such as Replens.

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2:15AM PDT on May 18, 2014

"Common side effects included hot flashes, vaginal discharge, muscle spasms and excessive sweating. The package insert warns that the drug may increase the risk of endometrial (uterine lining) cancer, blood clots and stroke." And I'm supposed to take this drug to RELIEVE exactly the conditions it can cause or create even worse ones? I'd rather live with painful sex than take a chance with increased risk of cancer, blood clots and stroke.

11:59PM PDT on May 5, 2014

Another drug with umpteen gazillion side effects just to get rid of pain during sex?

7:16PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

Each person's body chemistry needs to be considered in context. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have good health at all stages of their life.

Always surprised by the arrogance that believes in how others "should" be.

6:28PM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

Great news

10:45PM PDT on May 17, 2013


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11:03PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

oh,i see

great video

3:42AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013


6:56PM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

I hate spammers.

Please Care2 community when you see a posts like the one from Past Member, "flag as inappropriate" as I did.

4:39AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

While I applaud the fact that the medical community has fainally recognized that painful sex isn't "all in her head", I can't help but think that we are only treating the symptom. In almost every case of painful sex, pelvic floor issues also exist. If we do not treat the pelvic floor the issues will never completely resolve.

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