What is it?

Atrophic Vaginitis (vaginal atrophy) refers to a condition which is characterized by dryness and thinning of the vaginal walls due to low levels of estrogen. Vaginal atrophy occurs normally after menopause, when levels of estrogen in the blood deacrease dramatically. It results in painful intercourse and distressing urinary symptoms.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include vaginal dryness, burning, discharge, itching, frequent and urgent urination, recurrent urinary tract infections, pain during intercourse, shortening and tightening of the vaginal canal.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and a pelvic exam. Further evaluation may include urine test and acid balance test.


Treatment includes vaginal moisturizers, water-based lubricant, vaginal estrogen, (tablet, ring, suppositors), systemic estrogen therapy, vaginal dilators, and topical lidocaine.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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