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A 33-year-old member asked:

i've heard different things. what exactly is atrophic vaginitis?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cindy Mosbrucker
Urogynecology 31 years experience
Thin skin: The vaginal skin is very sensitive to estrogen. Without it, the tissue gets very thin, dry, and doesn't stretch well. Estrogen used directly in the vagina is the best treatment. It increases cell growth, strengthens the walls, and promotes good bacteria decreasing the risk of bladder infections.
Dr. Rebecca Ryder
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Inflammation: Atrophic vaginitis happens when the vaginal tissue becomes irritated and inflamed due to the thinning of the tissue that happens after menopause. It usually causes burning, and/or itching and a discharge.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Atrophic Vaginitis: http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=7010 the definition is: thinning of the lining (the endothelium) of the vagina due to decreased production of estrogen. This may occur with menopause. Vaginitis means inflammation of the vagina, the muscular canal extending from the cervix to the outside of the body.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

I want to know my options for treating atrophic vaginitis?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Beard
Urogynecology 25 years experience
Vaginal estrogen: Everything else is just treating symptoms, not the problem ie lubricants treat the symptom of dryness, bioadhesive lubricants last a bit longer caffiene reduction will help decrease dryness being sexually active will prolong the intervals b/w need to retreat with estrogen which varies form 6 months to several years.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Just got a clean bill of health from my doctor :) but he said I need to take precautions to avoid getting atrophic vaginitis. What can I do?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Local estrogen: Depending on your age and past history, a very small amount of local estrogen cream in your vagina once a week should easily prevent atrophic vaginitis. Ask your gynecologist.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
I agree. Vaginal estrogen used only once each week, after menopause, will usually prevent vaginal atrophy.
Mar 14, 2012
CA
A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: atrophic vaginitis?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
A menopause problem: The vaginal mucosa is sensitive to estrogen, so when estrogen levels drop after menopause the tissue thins out, becoming more fragile, sensitive, and dry. This symptomatic vaginal atrophy is referred to as atrophic vaginitis although it is not really an infection.
Boca Raton, FL
A 42-year-old female asked:

Is it unusual for a 42 year old (non perimenaposal) to develop atrophic vaginitis?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jane Van Dis
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Yes and no: Atrophic vaginitis is, basically, a lack of estrogen to the vaginal lining or epithelium. And lack of estrogen means your ovaries aren't producing enough estrogen. If you are having regular menstrual cycles, then your ovaries are still functioning. I'm assuming a doctor told you this? If that's the case, then local estrogen to the vagina is a simple solution. Hope that helped answer question!
A 37-year-old member asked:

How common is atrophic vaginitis in 42 year old?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Not very: Atrophic vaginitis typically presents after menopause. While menopause can occur any time after the age of 40, most women will not experience menopause (or atrophic vaginitis) until after the age of 50 or 52. When it does occur, it is quite treatable with estrogen replacement.

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