Re: Painful in the vaginal opening
I've had pain & dryness since perimenopause hit. I tried all the lubricants without much help for the pain. When estrogen levels drop at this time in life, it can cause dryness and thinning of the vaginal wall. For me, it became severe, and was 24 hrs a day. I told my gyno it felt like I was sitting on crushed glass all the time. I ended up having to use premarin vaginal cream for relief. It has helped tremendously, and although it is still a form of estrogen and didn't want to go that route in any way, shape or form, I was forced to. From what I understand, very little estrogen is absorbed this way, and since I use it just once a week, I stay with it.
So (IMO), you should proably have an exam, just to rule out infection, etc., as they can crop up with estrogen changes too. Always a good idea to check with your dr.