Medically reviewed by Alyssa Quimby, M.D.

Nothing can derail your sex life like painful or uncomfortable sex. But perimenopause and menopause can result in vaginal dryness, a problem that research says affects more than half of women in their 40s, and up to three-quarters of those in their 50s. The reason? Menopause lowers estrogen levels, leading vaginal tissue to become dry and less elastic.

Some people find relief through low-dose vaginal estrogen or even vaginal laser treatments. But before you opt for these more aggressive solutions, you might consider trying a vaginal moisturizer or lubricant (which have no hormones whatsoever) to help you get back to a fulfilling sex life.