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Dr. Asha Kamnani
52 doctors shared insights

Vaginal Atrophy (Overview)

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.


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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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Dr. Asha Kamnani
52 doctors shared insights

Vaginal Atrophy (Overview)

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.


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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 ... ...Read more

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Treating Vaginitis (Checklist)

Use condoms
Once
Cut down on sugary foods
Once
Exercise daily
Once
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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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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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Maintaining Vaginal Health (Checklist)

Wear clean, dry, breathable underwear
Once
Shower daily
daily
Do not wear a wet bathing suit after swimming for an extended period
Once
Maintain good nutrition to ensure good pH balance
Once
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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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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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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


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