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.
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.
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.
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.

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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. Read more...

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...

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...

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...
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. Read more...

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...

I want to know my options for treating atrophic vaginitis?

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. Read more...
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...

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...