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Atrophic Vaginitis

What is Atrophic Vaginitis?

Atrophic Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina caused by dryness and thinning of vaginal tissues. It is most likely to develop during breastfeeding and after menopause.

Atrophic Vaginitis is not a serious condition. However, it may interfere with enjoyment of sexual intercourse.

Symptoms of Atrophic Vaginitis

The most common symptoms of atrophic vaginitis are:

  • soreness, burning or itching in vagina
  • genital dryness
  • bleeding after sexual intercourse
  • thin, watery vaginal discharge

What Causes Atrophic Vaginitis?

Atrophic vaginitis occurs when estrogen production is decreased. When estrogen levels decrease, the walls of the vagina become drier, thinner, less elastic, and more prone to bleeding.

Surgical removal of ovaries, and use of oral contraception can cause a decrease in estrogen production.

How is Atrophic Vaginitis Diagnosed?

Your doctor will take perform a pelvic exam. Tests may be taken to rule out a vaginal infection.

Atrophic Vaginitis Treatments

Atrophic vaginitis can be treated. Treatments include: hormone replacement therapy, applying estrogen cream directly into the vagina and applying a water-soluble lubricant to increase pleasure in sexual intercourse.

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