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HELP: "My punani looks ugly"

By Faeza
03 November 2016

Anonymous from Polokwane writes:

I’m a 56-year-old woman and my private part itches. I used soap to clean it. Now it looks ugly and I’m in pain. Please help.

Dr Eve responds:

At your age, I’m sure you are menopausal. This means that you have no more estrogen.

When women have no estrogen, everything dries out: skin, hair, bones, and private parts. And yes, the outside of the genitals look older – but still beautiful. When your private part is dry and there is penetration, it can be very painful. It can also make you have more

infections. I recommend that you talk to a gynaecologist about hormone therapy. This will help with pain and the itchiness.