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I want to know my options for treating atrophic vaginitis?

I want to know my options for treating atrophic vaginitis?

See below: Estrogen vaginal cream is the main choice of treatment options. Other options include replens, dong quai, black cohosh, phytoestrogen (soybean, flaxseed, alfafla sprout and red clover), lubriant (just for intercourse) and moisturizer (especially with natural aloe vera).

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Dr. Asha Kamnani
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Vaginal Atrophy (Definition)

Vaginal atrophy is thining of the vaginal tissue due to a decrease in estrogen levels seen mostly in postmenopausal women. There is also decreased moisture and discharge and decreased elasticity of the vaginal tissue. Sometimes it can cause pain with ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: atrophic vaginitis?

What is the definition or description of: atrophic vaginitis?

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.

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Is atrophic vaginitis discharge usually white? Can it come and go or is it continuous? Will a vag moist get rid of it or do you have to use estrogen?

Is atrophic vaginitis discharge usually white? Can it come and go or is it continuous? Will a vag moist get rid of it or do you have to use estrogen?

Usually no discharge: Vaginal atrophy is usually associated with dryness and inflammation rather than discharge. Moisturizer is a good start, vaginal and systemic estrogen will help, and there is new laser therapy for atrophic vaginitis as well

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I've heard different things. What exactly is atrophic vaginitis?

I've heard different things. What exactly is atrophic vaginitis?

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.

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My mother was diagnosed with atrophic vaginitis. How will this affect her?

My mother was diagnosed with atrophic vaginitis. How will this affect her?

Vaginal estrogen: This can effect her in several ways. Atrophic vagina is caused by lack of estrogen stimulation of the walls of the vagina. This leads to thinning of the walls, vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse ("feels like sadpaper" and decreased diameter of the vagina. Without estrogen replacement vaginally as well regular vaginal penetration, the vagina will eventually become so small to inhibit sex.

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Been to emergency room 4 times over the past year for atrophic vaginitis. Now, noticed pea size mass at seven o'clock on entrance to vagina.

Atrophic vaginitis: An er is not a good place to be getting care for your condition. You should make an appointment with your doctor.

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How common is atrophic vaginitis in 42 year old?

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

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!

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Is a clear, whitish or yellowish discharge typical of atrophic vaginitis?

Atrophic vaginitis: Atrophic vaginitis may be accompanied by some discharge (not usually assocated with odor or much itching, as seen with infection). The hallmark is vaginal dryness and painful coitus associated with menopause. The best management is estrogen, administered topically or systemically. Lubricants and moisturizers made for vaginal use are also available without prescription.

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How long does it take atrophic vaginitis to clear up?

How long does it take atrophic vaginitis to clear up?

1-2 weeks: When the estrogen is given directly into the vagina (as a cream, tablet or ring) then it is quite rapid the turnaround in symptoms. The actual vagina skin does not make its full recovery until around 2 wks of use. Using oral estrogen sometimes takes a long time, much longer by weeks even months to rebuild the vaginal tissue.

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Can you get Vaginitis again after a course of antibiotics to treat it? Also found a lump back of neck think a gland.

Can you get Vaginitis again after a course of antibiotics to treat it? Also found a lump back of neck think a gland.

Yes and yes: Vaginitis is one of the many vulnerabilities of the female system. It can become infected repeatedly, depending on lifestyle activities and exposures. It is less common but possible among women who are not sexually active. Lumps on the neck are often lymph nodes. Your doc can confirm it.

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I have hashimito's thyroidism, hypothyroidism, what foods should I avoid? Am taking T4 50mg during the week, T4 75mg at weekends. Thank you.

I have hashimito's thyroidism, hypothyroidism, what foods should I avoid? Am taking T4 50mg during the week, T4 75mg at weekends. Thank you.

Coffee with pills: Coffee decreases the absorption of T4, so don't drink coffee when you are taking your medicine. Otherwise, no dietary restrictions

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Can low thyroid result in fainting?

Can low thyroid result in fainting?

Yes: Your thyroid has a direct effect on your blood vessels and heart. It also effects your adrenal glands and if insufficient this can cause blood pressure problems.

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Are there any food I can eat to fix a low thyroid?

Are there any food I can eat to fix a low thyroid?

No: Low thyroid is fixed only by supplementing with replacement hormone.

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What is the best thing I can take for my low thyroid?

What is the best thing I can take for my low thyroid?

Thyroid replacement: If T3 (liothyronine) & T4 are low and TSH is high; then you have hypothyroidism. Thyroid replacement therapy will be needed for the rest of your life. Normal T3 (liothyronine) & T4 levels support normal weight. Synthroid is long acting t4 cytomel is short acting t3 dessicated thyroid is a natural blend of both. This is the least expensive treatment.

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What's the safest way to treat child with low thyroid?

What's the safest way to treat child with low thyroid?

Thyroid hormone: The only way to treat a child with hypothyroidism is to replace the thyroid hormone which is lacking. Levothyroxine is very safe and is used in newborn babies who are born without functioning thyroid glands, too. Growth is dependent on getting the right amount of thyroid hormone. Brain development is dependent on getting the right amount of thyroid hormone particularly in children 2 and under.

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What exactly does it mean if you have low thyroid function?

What exactly does it mean if you have low thyroid function?

That you have: Hypothyroidism and need to see your doctor for brand name T4 replacement to bring your levels back to normal.

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Can pancreatitis cause a low thyroid?

Not really: Unless it is part of certain rarely seen syndromes. .. Pancreatitis is certainly not a safe condition, with unpredictable outcome [both short and long term] 'different' in/for each individual. ..Nothing should be taken lightly about pancreatitis. But, there is no direct link between pancreatitis and thyroid disease;on the other hand, hypothyroidism can contribute to pancreas problems.

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Dr. Robert Isaacs
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Atrophic Vaginitis (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Kevin Fleishman
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Vaginitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the vagina that can result in discharge, itching, and pain. The cause is usually a change in the normal balance of vaginal bacteria or an infection. Reduced estrogen levels after menopause and some skin disorders ...Read more