What is Atrophic Vaginitis?

Menopause or removal of the ovaries results in a decrease in estrogen levels. Estrogen helps to increase blood flow to vaginal tissue. Atrophic vaginitis occurs when there is a decrease in estrogen levels resulting in inflammation and thinning and shrinking of the vaginal walls. Symptoms of atrophic vaginitis may include vaginal dryness, soreness, dyspareunia or pain with intercourse and bleeding during or after intercourse. It is estimated up to 40% of postmenopausal women are affected by atrophic vaginitis. This can be diagnosed easily with a pelvic exam and is usually treated with vaginal estrogen cream.

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