Pass any newsstand or stand in line at the grocery store and jumping out at you from the sea of monthly beauty, fashion, and lifestyle magazine covers will be at least one glossy with the the content teaser Beauty At Every Age.
A wealth of tips, tricks and layouts showing women everywhere, everything from the 20-year-olds, “how to dress more sophisticated” to the 60’s plus set on “how to rock their Not My Daughter’s Jeans”– to the 30-year-olds “correct sun damage with at-home glycolic peels” to the 40-year-olds garnering education on “new, painless spider vein therapy.” It’s truly fantastic; there’s a treasure trove of constant, vital information at our finger tips for women of any age.
Even the national morning shows are getting in the act; recently the 4th hour of the Today Show dedicated the hour to “ageless beauty” – the charming,chardonnay slingin’ dynamic duo, Kathie Lee and Hoda, and bevy of beauty and wellness experts spent the hour wearing their ages, and in some cases, their weight, literally on their sleeves –all demonstrating that regardless of age, there is plenty of expert advice and no reason women should look or feel anything less than beautiful, healthy, fit and happy.
Hear! Hear! But in our quest for good health and beauty at any age, aren’t we missing something? How about the state and fate of our sexual health — or vaginal health? Where are the sound advice and good examples here? Sex, pleasure, desire… vaginal dryness – it happens – and we’re talking more than menopause here.
The question is why vaginal dryness has to be a conversation killer when there are plenty of explanations and solutions to go around — if only the beauty and wellness experts we trust so much will just dip their toes in the water and talk about it…
17% of women 18 to 50 experience occasional dryness; 39% of women experience it up to three months after giving birth. Women’s bodies go through changes all the time…the environment, antibiotics and other medications, stress, giving birth –these are just a few of the reasons physical pleasure gets derailed by dryness and discomfort during intimacy. Some women’s answer to this issue is silence and they are often not even aware of the external reason that may be causing herto not feel so beautiful internally.
It’s time the mainstream sexual health conversation not just starts but really kicks into high gear. Journalists we respect and follow are discussing and engaging us in women’s issues that get very little attention beyond a closed doctor’s office door. Now this will contribute to our ongoing pursuit of external and internal beauty–and wellness–for all ages.
What do you think about this? What about your sexual health and “internal beauty” is on your mind?