Postmenopausal Dyspareunia: Innovations in Therapy and Patient Management

Postmenopausal Dyspareunia: Innovations in Therapy and Patient Management

Dr. Portman discusses dyspareunia diagnosis and management, as well as factors that inhibit discussion of this topic.

Available credits: 0.50

Time to complete: 30 minutes


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  • Overview

    Vulvar vaginal atrophy (VVA) affects about half of the 64 million postmenopausal women in the U.S. VVA is the loss of estrogen stimulation on vaginal and vulvar tissue, resulting in atrophy of these tissues and these women may suffer from symptoms, which include dyspareunia - or painful sexual intercourse. With this, dyspareunia can negatively impact a woman's sexual function and sexual relationships, in addition to her overall quality of life. 

    Join Dr. David Portman as he discusses the diagnosis of dyspareunia and the therapies indicated for the management of this condition. He will also focus on identifying patient and clinician factors that inhibit discussion in the office setting and ways to open the dialogue surrounding dyspareunia. 

  • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

    In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative (TOPEC) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. TOPEC resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. 


    David J. Portman, MD
    Director Emeritus
    Columbus center for women's health research
    Adjunct instructor, obstetrics and gynecology
    the Ohio State University
    Columbus, OH

    Dr. Portman serves as a consultant and conducts research for Agile Therapeutics, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Endoceutics, Nuelle, Palatin Technologies, Valenat Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. He is also a shareholder and CEO of Sermonix Pharmaceuticals.


    • Sean T. Barrett has nothing to disclose.
    • Carole Drexel, PhD, CHCP has nothing to disclose.
    • Kia K. Gray, MPH has nothing to disclose.
    • Amanda Hilferty has nothing to disclose.
    • Ashley Rosenthal has nothing to disclose.
    • Robert Schneider, MSW has nothing to disclose.
    • Mache Seibel, MD has nothing to disclose.
  • Learning Objectives

    After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

    • Define vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA), and genitourinary syndrome (GSM), their pathophysiology and impact on post-menopausal dyspareunia
    • Identify the factors, both clinician-based and patient-based, that may impact diagnosis and treatment of dyspareunia
    • Review clinical trial data from recent pivotal studies of innovative therapies indicated for the management of menopause-related dyspareunia
    • Discuss the benefits and risks of available treatments and counseling challenges in the management of VVA/GSM
  • Target Audience

    This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of the obstetrician and gynecologist, family physician, internal medicine physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, and certified nurse midwife.

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    The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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    Omnia Education has a core focus on women's health and the ways in which diseases and conditions impact the female patient. That unique focus has transformed the CME learning environment for healthcare professionals nationwide. We impact thousands of clinicians annually, many of whom return each year for clinical updates and connectivity with regional peers.

  • Commercial Support

    This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from AMAG Pharmaceuticals.

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