Delicate question about tampons and perimenopause
I am 49 and I think I am in perimenopause, but I still get light periods, even though I am on Depo Provera.
I've been using tampons ever since college, but within the last year, using them has become painful. They are painful to insert and extract, even the "regular" days ones which are pretty small.
I assume I must be experiencing thinning skin and tissue "down there" and I wouldn't think dryness would be much of an issue at "that time of the month". Has anyone else had difficulty with tampon use in peri? I hear some women say they have trouble with painful intercourse sometimes during this stage of life, but I've never heard tampons mentioned as a problem.
Is this normal, or do I potentially have a more serious problem I need to get checked out?