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Vaginal Atrophy

By some estimates, more than half of menopausal women experience atrophic vaginitis and the associated external vaginal symptoms of itching, burning and dryness,

Vaginal atrophy (atrophic vaginitis) is the thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to a decline in estrogen. Vaginal atrophy occurs most often after menopause but can also develop after childbirth, during breastfeeding or at any other time when the production of estrogen declines.

Vaginal atrophy symptoms typically arise from a drop in estrogen levels:

  • During the years leading up to menopause (perimenopause)
  • After menopause
  • During breastfeeding
  • After pelvic radiation therapy for cancer
  • After chemotherapy for cancer
  • As a side effect of breast cancer hormonal treatment
  • After surgical removal of both ovaries (surgical menopause)

With moderate to severe atrophic vaginitis, you may experience any of the following vaginal atrophy symptoms:

  • External vaginal itching
  • External vaginal dryness
  • External vaginal burning
  • Watery vaginal discharge
  • Burning with urination
  • Urgency with urination
  • More urinary tract infections
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Light bleeding after intercourse
  • Discomfort with intercourse