What Does Vulvar Atrophy Look Like

Vulvar atrophy, also known as atrophic vaginitis, refers to the thinning, drying, and inflammation of the vaginal walls and tissues due to decreased estrogen levels, commonly occurring during menopause. It primarily affects the vulva, which is the external genitalia of the female reproductive system.

The symptoms of vulvar atrophy can vary among individuals but may include:

  1. Dryness: One of the most common symptoms is vaginal dryness, which can cause discomfort, itching, and irritation.
  2. Thinning of the vaginal walls: This can lead to decreased elasticity and lubrication, making sexual intercourse painful or uncomfortable.
  3. Redness and inflammation: The vulva may appear red, swollen, or inflamed due to the thinning of the tissues and increased sensitivity.
  4. Burning sensation: Some individuals may experience a burning or stinging sensation, especially during urination or sexual activity.
  5. Discomfort or pain: Vulvar atrophy can cause general discomfort or pain in the genital area, which may worsen with friction or pressure.

Visually, the vulva may appear pale, thin, and more wrinkled than usual. Additionally, you might notice a loss of elasticity in the tissues. It’s essential to consult a healthcare provider if you experience any of these symptoms to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Treatment options may include topical estrogen therapy, lubricants, moisturizers, or other medications to relieve symptoms and improve vaginal health.

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