Thursday, September 20, 2012

Atrophic Vaginitis

Atrophic vaginitis is caused by a decrease in Estrogen hormone levels. Estrogen levels normally drop after menopause, leading to the condition more frequently presenting in women over 45 years of age.

Other cause of Atrophic vaginitis may be
  • Medications or hormones used to decrease estrogen levels in women, as part of the treatment for breast cancer, endometriosis, fibroids, or infertility
  • Radiation treatment to the pelvic area or chemotherapy
  • Severe stress, depression, or rigorous exercise
Atrophic vaginitis may occur in younger women who have had surgery to remove their ovaries. Some women develop the condition immediately after childbirth or while breastfeeding, since estrogen levels are lower at these times.

Clinical Presentation

Burning on urination,  bleeding after intercourse, Painful sexual intercourse causing a loss in sexual interest, Slight vaginal discharge, Vaginal soreness, including itching or burning sensations

Prescription estrogen is very effective in treating atrophic vaginitis. It is available as a cream, tablet, suppository,  all of which are placed directly into the vagina. These medicines deliver estrogen directly to the vaginal area.

For any queries, pl visit our gynecologist

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