How Vaginal Atrophy is TreatedAugust 16, 2018
Vaginal atrophy is a natural condition in many women who reach a certain stage in their lives, when their vaginal walls begin to thin, dry, and get inflamed as a result of a decline in estrogen levels. This is especially common in women entering menopause. The problems this condition can cause can range from painful sex, urinary problems, itching, and even bleeding. That’s why it’s important to see a doctor to ensure recovery as soon as possible.
Despite the symptoms and signs, treatment is indeed possible, and are non-surgical. Simple, over-the-counter management options include vaginal moisturizer to restore moisture and reduce dryness in the walls. Using lubricant during sexual intercourse can also help.
A longer-term solution requires the restoration of hormone levels from pre-menopause. This includes estrogen cream, estrogen ring, or a tablet, which are all options that are topically applied to the affected area. Oral estrogen can also help. Depending on your condition, your doctor may prescribe progesterone in addition to estrogen.
If you are suffering from pain or dryness in your vagina, it may be a sign of vaginal atrophy. Contact us at Southern Urogynecology to book a consultation and learn how our clinic can help you enjoy life again.