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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my vaginal atrophy until I can see a doctor?

Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my vaginal atrophy until I can see a doctor?

Lubricants: The only thing over-the-counter you should try are simple vaginal lubricants like KY or something similar. Some women also like olive oil inserted with a vaginal applicator. ...Read more

Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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What happens during sex if vaginal atrophy?

What happens during sex if vaginal atrophy?

Discomfort, pain,: Bleeding. Depending on the severity of vaginal atrophy the person may experience discomfort, pain and bleeding. There is risk of trauma to the vagina due to lack of lubrication, and increased risk of infections. ...Read more

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Do people with vaginal atrophy have a lot of pain?

Do people with vaginal atrophy have a lot of pain?

Yes: Especially when you are voiding urine, developing increased dryness on skin, experiencing vaginal discharge with more alkaline enviroment or painful sexual intercourse. It can be single or more than one cause. Please consult gynecologist. ...Read more

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What kind of discharge (consistency) do you get with vaginal atrophy?

What kind of discharge (consistency) do you get with vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy: Is usually dry! If you have a discharge. Get it checked out by your GYN BTW NO ONE should have to "suffer" from this condition!! 1 There is effective treatment!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Is it possible to have something like pos which is caused from too much estrogen, and have vaginal atrophy too?

Is it possible to have something like pos which is caused from too much estrogen, and have vaginal atrophy too?

With ovarian aging: All women lose eggs as they age resulting in ovarian aging. So pcos can experience aging with eventual symptoms of premenopause (vaginal atrophy, hot flashes, lighter menses). ...Read more

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Can vaginal atrophy cause a big increase in discharge, no odour and slightly discoloured? I was diagnosed with va and have a constant heavy discharge

Can vaginal atrophy cause a big increase in discharge, no odour and slightly discoloured? I was diagnosed with va and have a constant heavy discharge

It can but: Atrophic vaginitis can cause vaginal discharge but other causes are more likely. I would schedule a visit for testing for yeast and bacterial vaginosis. If those are present they can be treated. Vaginal estrogen is very effective at preventing atrophic vaginitis. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get vaginal atrophy?

Do a lot of people get vaginal atrophy?

Yes - a lot!: Yes, a significant number of women will get symptoms of vaginal atrophy, usually after menopause. However, breast feeding women and some premenopausal women can still have symptoms of atrophy like vaginal or vulvar itching or burning, discharge or discomfort with intercourse. ...Read more

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Does vaginal atrophy usually cause many symptoms?

Does vaginal atrophy usually cause many symptoms?

Vaginal atrophy: Vaginal atrophy is caused by lack of Estrogens in the genital area. It makes the vaginal introitus smaller and dry causing discomfort and pain during intercourse and predisposing the area to infections of the urogenital tracy. A review: http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/vaginalatrophy/ds00770/dsection=symptomsvaginal dryness, vaginal burning, burning with urination, urgency with urination
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How common is it for somebody to get vaginal atrophy?

How common is it for somebody to get vaginal atrophy?

Common at menopause: The vagina requires estrogen to stay healthy. At menopause the estrogen levels decrease and vaginal atrophy begins to develop. It is easily treated with estrogen replacement - sometimes with oral medication and sometimes with vaginal medication, and sometimes with both routes. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vaginal atrophy?

What is the definition or description of: vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal Atrophy: 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 intercourse and urinary incontinence. ...Read more

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Are there any other heath risks involved with vaginal atrophy?

Are there any other heath risks involved with vaginal atrophy?

Besides discomfort: During intercourse and propensity for urinary tract infection, vaginal dryness should not cause any major health issues. There are various remedies including lubricants to make your golden years comfortable and wonderful! Have fun! Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/vaginal-atrophy/ds00770 http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/285386-natural-herbs-for-vaginal-dryness/#page=1. ...Read more

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Is sex 2x/wk enough to slow vaginal atrophy or is it going to happen no matter what?

Is sex 2x/wk enough to slow vaginal atrophy or is it going to happen no matter what?

Not a magic formula: Certainly, the more you use it the less you lose it. However, if atrophy sets in, there are several viable options. ...Read more

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I am 55 yrs. Old, had a complete hysterectomy 7 yrs. Ago, been experiencing burning around the vaginal opening. Could this be vaginal atrophy?

I am 55 yrs. Old, had a complete hysterectomy 7 yrs. Ago, been experiencing burning around the vaginal opening. Could this be vaginal atrophy?

Likely!: It definitely could be. The vagina is very sensitive to hormone levels. Without estrogen, it gets thin. This can burn or tear. There are a couple of options for this so see your gynecologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Deep vaginal pain with sex. Is it vaginal atrophy or pelvic floor hypertonus? Is there a difference?

Deep vaginal pain with sex. Is it vaginal atrophy or pelvic floor hypertonus? Is there a difference?

Many causes: Vaginal atrophy is a come cause of intercourse pain after menopause. Osphena is a medication that can be very helpful. Pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse and other uterine/ ovarian / Colon/ bladder issues can also contribute. The next step is a pelvic exam by an Obgyn to help guide the evaluation and treatment plan ...Read more

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one of the symptoms of vaginal atrophy is “vaginal discharge.” Does this resemble cervical mucus? How can I tell the difference?

one of the symptoms of vaginal atrophy is “vaginal discharge.” Does this resemble cervical mucus? How can I tell the difference?

Cervical mucus: Is clear, stringy, and has no odor. Vaginal atrophy typically causes dryness of the walls and thus no mucus because nothing should be coming from a postmenopausal cervix. If there is a white, yellow or green discharge, with any discomfort or itching or odor, then it probably is an infection aggravated in part by the atrophy. ...Read more

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Hi... Can Vaginal Atrophy (Low Oestrogen Levels) be caused by overuse of oral contraceptives?

Hi... Can Vaginal Atrophy (Low Oestrogen Levels) be caused by overuse of oral contraceptives?

Atrophy= no estrogen: Hello,

We usually do not associate vaginal atrophy with oral contraceptives even with prolonged usage. OCPs contain estrogen. When I see vaginal atrophy it is usually associated with conditions where there is VERY little or no estrogen for prolonged periods of time, such as, menopausal women, women with no ovaries or women taking medications that suppress ovarian production of Estrogen. ...Read more

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IF you have vaginal atrophy and have a total estrogen of 134, progesterone 13.6 and estradiol of 13.0 but still feel bad what hormone is off.?

IF you have vaginal atrophy and have a total estrogen of 134, progesterone 13.6 and estradiol of 13.0 but still feel bad what hormone is off.?

Feel bad how exactly: What are your symptoms exactly that you are describing as "feel bad"? Are you on hormone prescriptions? When did you go through menopause? ...Read more

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My obs. Recommended replens for vaginal atrophy due to breastfeeding. Now experiencing clumpy white discharge since using this product. Suggestions?

My obs. Recommended replens for vaginal atrophy due to breastfeeding. Now experiencing clumpy white discharge since using this product. Suggestions?

Yes common: Many women experience clumpy white discharge with use of this product. Using a low dose of estrogen cream or vagifem tablets may be a better choice. There is no absorption into the blood stream of the low doses of estrogen and the treatment will be more effective plus without the clumpy white discharge replens can cause. ...Read more

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Was given topical Estrace cream for vaginal atrophy. I'm 36.Is this safe or will it cause breast and other cancers? I take birth control. Should I stop?

Was given topical Estrace cream for vaginal atrophy. I'm 36.Is this safe or will it cause breast and other cancers? I take birth control. Should I stop?

No: The level of estrogen is low in the creme, and not nearly as strong the estrogen in the birth control pill.
The creme form of estrogen is chemically the same as your natural estrogen produced by your ovaries. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for vaginal atrophy?

What is the best treatment for vaginal atrophy?

Estrogen cream: Vaginal estrogen cream can help vaginal atrophy, even if only used twice a week. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for vaginal atrophy?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal estrogen: My favorite product is vagifem vaginal tablets. They dissolve in the vagina and are not as messy as vaginal creams. Vagifem causes almost no absorption of estrogen into the blood, so it is very safe. Atrophy takes time to improve, however. It will be a few weeks before you start noticing improvement. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal Atrophy.: A cream of Estrogens for a short period like two weeks may help. The appearance of vaginal atrophy is more common in non-sexually active females ("use it or lose it") pelvic exercises and kegel exercises starting early in menopause may contribute to prevent it. ...Read more

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Is biofeedback or myofacial release a treatment for vaginal atrophy?

No: Vaginal atrophy is caused by a lack of hormone production. Strengthening the muscle tone in the surrounding tissue has benefits but it would not solve atrophy. Topical Estrogen treatment or a newer drug called Osphena are good options for vaginal and vulvar atrophy ...Read more

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I'm 67, breast ca. Survivor with vaginal atrophy & now find tvus too painful to tolerate-would anesthesia/other meds allow me to have pain-free tvus?

Sure: There is definitely a role for anesthesia to play. However, you may want to try taking pain medication before your next exam instead. If that doesn't work, have your doctor book an or for an exam under anesthesia. ...Read more

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I've got abnormal vaginal bleeding. I did hysterectomy in 2008.I haven't any infection or vaginal atrophy. I do hrt. Could it be a side effect of hrt?

I've got abnormal vaginal bleeding. I did hysterectomy in 2008.I haven't any infection or vaginal atrophy. I do hrt. Could it be a side effect of hrt?

Please see Doctor: This is not normal. It is a sign of something potentially serious and it means I would prefer that you are seen by your gynecologist urgently. ...Read more

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How to treat vaginal atrophy following breast cancer treatment?

How to treat vaginal atrophy following breast cancer treatment?

Vaginal lubricants: I recommend you work with your oncologist and gynecologist for recommendations. You may need a vaginal cream or lubricant to help. A preparation with a low dose of estrogen may be helpful, but again please work with your gynecologist and breast cancer team for optimal results. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How common is atrophic vaginitis in 42 year old?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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


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