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).
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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.
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.
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.

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!

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.

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.
More nuisance than s. This condition can cause vaginal dryness and irritation. This can make sexual intercourse painful, but is easily remedied by a lubricant. Because the vagina sits atop the urethra, where the urine flows out, there can be some urinary symptoms such as frequency, urgency, and even incontinence. The problem can be treated with oral or topical vaginal hormones.
A few wsys. Atrophic vaginitis is caused from the low levels of estrogen associated with menopause. It can cause vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse. Some women have a yellowish vaginal dishrag and irritation. All of these symptoms are treatable by her doctor.
Atrophic Vaginitis. This is a condition which often occurs after menopause from a decrease in estrogen. The vaginal tissue often becomes thin and dry. It can also effect the pH (acid level) of the vagina increasing risk of bladder infections and vaginitis. Some people don't have any problems, others complain of vaginal irritation, frequent infections, painful intercourse. See gyn for further care.

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.
Topical estrogen. If you have no contraindications, then using topical estrogen (cream, vaginal tablet, vaginal ring) is the best preventive. Vaginal moisturizers, (not lubricants) can be helpful. Maintaining regular sexual activity also helps keep blood flowing to the area & mantains vaginal health.

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.