What Is Vaginal Atrophy

Vaginal atrophy, also known as atrophic vaginitis, is a condition that occurs when the vaginal walls become thin, dry, and inflamed due to a decrease in estrogen levels. It commonly affects postmenopausal women, but it can also occur in women who have undergone certain cancer treatments, women who have had their ovaries removed, or those who have experienced a decrease in estrogen for other reasons.

Symptoms of vaginal atrophy may include vaginal dryness, itching, burning, discomfort during sexual intercourse, and increased frequency of urinary tract infections. These symptoms can significantly impact a woman’s quality of life and sexual health.

Treatment options for vaginal atrophy may include hormone therapy (such as estrogen therapy), vaginal moisturizers or lubricants, low-dose vaginal estrogen therapy (in the form of creams, tablets, or rings), and lifestyle changes. It’s essential for women experiencing symptoms of vaginal atrophy to speak with their healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for their individual needs.

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