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Menopausal Vaginitis Overview

Another name for Menopausal Vaginitis is Atrophic Vaginitis.

What is atrophic vaginitis?
A woman with atrophic vaginitis has thinning and inflammation of the lining of the vagina that is usually associated with menopause. In menopause, estrogen levels decrease in the bloodstream and this can lead to changes in the vaginal mucosa.

What are the symptoms of atrophic vaginitis?
Common symptoms of atrophic vaginitis include vaginal dryness, vaginal itching, vaginal redness, and vaginal discharge

How does the doctor treat atrophic vaginitis?
Most cases of atrophic vaginitis can be treated with local estrogen therapy such as creams or vaginal suppositories.

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Last Updated: Aug 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Menopausal Vaginitis References
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