Attention all women. Guess what we have to look forward to as we age? Besides wrinkles. And gray hairs. And flabby skin. And age spots. And facial hair. And toe hair. And nose hair. And memory loss. And menopause. And dryness. And baldness. Ooh, I got a little carried away there. Sorry about that. Apparently, there’s a new ailment in town. Well, perhaps it’s not new per se. I’m sure it’s been around since the beginning of time but no one felt comfortable about talking about it. Until now.
It’s called Vaginal Atrophy. Yup. You got it. The walls of your vagina can dry up from underuse. You heard me right. Underuse. If you do not use your vagina, it can have the potential of drying up like the Sahara. Or like old rubber left out in the sun too long. And there are side effects that come along with this dryness. Just think bread but not as nice. Gross me out the door and gag me with a spoon. (There’s some ’80’s slang for you. To prove I’m not old. Oh wait, actually that proves that I AM old, doesn’t it? Never mind.)
How do I know this? Because my poor mother suffers from it. She’s been suffering from the effects of it for months. Months. I had to listen to her complain about it for months. Do you understand? This is almost as bad as when I got up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night when I was 13, only to find my dad skipping around the living room in his heart covered briefs. Okay, maybe that was worse. Okay, that probably was worse. Okay, that was worse. She didn’t know what it was. No amount of Monistat was curing it. No amount. I’m pretty sure the woman bought enough of that crap to put a down payment on a vacation home.
Anyway, her good doctor said it was from underuse. When she told me, I was overcome with all sorts of emotions. My amusement turned to disgust. Which turned to disbelief. Which then turned to full on panic. Because I do not want to have vaginal walls of cracked shoe leather. Like, I don’t worry enough already about getting old.
So, in a nutshell, if you don’t use your vagina, you could possibly suffer from vaginal atrophy. Can you imagine? What? Are we supposed to have sex until we are 80? I mean, sex is great and all. But I’m guessing after 60+ years, I may be wanting a break. Does anyone hear what I’m saying? I mean, how hot will I look in a maid’s outfit at that age? After all, if I’m still doing it at 80, I’m going to have to get creative. Sorry for the visual. But the truth sometimes hurts. How would you get in the mood? I’m talking about you. Not your husband/significant other/partner. Because men can go for forever. They are like the Energizer Bunny crossed with Tony Randall.
It does give sex a whole new meaning though. “Hey honey, get ready. We have some vaginal wall drying-up prevention to do.” Mmm. Romantic. I’ll grab the petroleum.Mo