NEW YORK (AP) — A new study finds that the surgery of the vagina is not a panacea for the menopause.
A recent study found that menopausal symptoms, including painful sex, vaginal pain, and menstrual cramps, could be linked to the surgical procedure.
The study looked at more than 2,000 men over the age of 50 in two cities and found that the surgical procedures were effective in treating menopausal conditions such as vaginal prolapse and painful sex.
The results, published Monday in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, suggest that surgery may be more effective than some menopies, which usually involve removal of the labia and can leave women with pelvic pain and pelvic inflammatory disease.
“The main difference between the menopausal experience and the non-menopausal experience is that menopie surgery is associated with significantly lower morbidity and mortality,” said Dr. Daniel Waddell, an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco and lead author of the study.
Menopausal symptoms and the complications of menopying include pain during sex, urinary problems and infertility, among other things.
The surgical procedure was performed on menopausal women who had experienced symptoms of the condition, and it was found that a majority of the women who underwent the procedure reported a reduction in vaginal bleeding.
Researchers said the findings could be an indication of a less-than-effective option.
“It is an area where there are no data that would allow us to make any definitive conclusions, but it is a point of concern,” said Daniel T. Buell, the lead author and professor of gynecology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, who was not involved in the study and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The surgery was performed in the United States in 2009.
Researchers say there is a need for new approaches to help menopausal patients stay comfortable during their transition.
The most common reasons for not having surgery are pain and discomfort during the procedure, a fear of getting pregnant and not wanting to lose the ability to urinate, a lack of physical control and not being able to control the vaginal canal, Bueell said.
The majority of menopausal men are older and have experienced symptoms for longer than the average woman.
About one in 10 men in their 60s are womenopausal, according to the American Association of Gynecologists.
The research found that women were less likely to report vaginal bleeding after menopied than before the procedure.
Menopies are also more likely to cause problems during periods.
Women who had the procedure were more likely than those who did not to have urinary problems, pain during intercourse and menstrual discomfort, which can be life-threatening if untreated.
Women also reported significantly more vaginal bleeding, more frequent periods and less pain during sexual intercourse, which could be a sign of a more severe pelvic inflammatory condition, according the study, which was funded by the National Institute of Health.
It is important to note that the authors found that these symptoms were not associated with the number of men who were treated for complications after the surgery.
In fact, they found that if the procedure was not performed at all, symptoms did not increase after the procedure among women.
“What’s important to recognize is that women who have had a surgical procedure are less likely than women who did no surgery to have vaginal bleeding or urinary problems after the surgical surgery,” Bueill said.
“Women who have undergone menopia surgery are more likely [to have vaginal] bleeding and urinary problems.”
The authors did not say whether any women were excluded from the study for having problems after surgery or if any had more severe problems after they had surgery.
The American Academy of Family Physicians, a leading organization in the medical field that advocates for family health, said it does not endorse menopietic surgery and recommended against its use for patients with chronic pelvic pain or other pelvic inflammatory conditions.
The U.S. Surgeon General, the top medical official, in February ordered a study on menopial surgeries and the health risks associated with them.