The ending of monthly periods is only one of the change that occurs at menopause. Due to a drop in sex hormones, especially oestrogen, woman may start to suffer from vaginal dryness or atrophy. A reduction in vaginal glycogen leads to a reduction in protective Lactobacilli (Lactobacillus are the probiotics / good bacteria normally found in gut and urinary tracts), so post-menopausal individuals are at increased risk of vaginal infections and UTIs, such as cystitis.

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