Atrophic Vaginitis

Vaginal atrophy is a condition in which the tissues lining the inside of the vagina (birth canal) become thin, dry, and inflamed. This is caused by a decrease in the amount of estrogen (a female hormone) made by the body. Symptoms of atrophic vaginitis include vaginal dryness, itching, burning, and pain during sexual intercourse.

Using vaginal estrogen before the condition becomes severe can be a way to protect the vagina.
  • Symptoms
  • Excessively dry vagina

    common

    Pain at vagina or vulva

    or Vaginal irritation

    common

    Pain during sexual intercourse

    common

    Itchy skin

    • At genital

    Blood from vagina not from period

    • During or after sexual intercourse

    Strange fluid coming out of vagina other than blood

    • White

    • Yellow, Bad smell

    Decreased sexual desire

  • Risk factors
  • Cessation of menstrual periods

    Recent bilateral oophorectomy surgery

    Primary Ovarian Insufficiency

    Chemotherapy

    Radiation therapy

    • Pelvic radiotherapy

    Use of tamoxifen

    Pituitary adenoma

  • Treatment
  • 1-Estrogen replacement therapy may be provided systemically or locally, but the dosage and delivery method must be individualized. 2-Vaginal moisturizers. Try a vaginal moisturizer (K-Y Liquibeads, Replens, Sliquid, others) to restore some moisture to your vaginal area. 3-Water-based lubricants. These lubricants (Astroglide, K-Y Jelly, Sliquid, others) are applied just before sexual activity and can reduce discomfort during intercourse.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Atrophic Vaginitis, then a visit to an obstetrician-gynecologist is recommended.

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