Sexual Health Q&A

How is genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) treated?

Because genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) refers to a number of different symptoms, treatment depends on a woman’s individual situation.

For example, if she is experiencing pain during sex due to vaginal dryness, her options may include lubricants, moisturizers, or low-dose vaginal estrogen treatment. Or, if she has urinary problems, she might try pelvic floor physical therapy.

Women who suspect they’re having GSM-related should speak to their doctor. Many women don’t realize that treatments are available, but some symptoms can be easily managed.