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Vaginal Atrophy

There is one thing nearly every woman experiences as a result of menopause and its something women rarely want to talk about with their health care provider: Vaginal Atrophy (VA)

Changes_000013128463Small-e1341363133590Some degree of vaginal atrophy will affect almost every women as she ages, so this is a very important topic that women should be willing to discuss with their doctor. But why  is it that no one ever wants to talk about it? Vaginal atrophy can affect a woman’s relationship with her partner, and can be very detrimental to her quality of life, her self image and her sexuality.

The time to talk about it is now.

  • How is it treated?

    Simple, effective treatments for vaginal atrophy are available that can improve your vaginal health and your quality of life.  Over-the-counter moisturizers and water-based lubricants can be used to treat some of the symptoms, but in cases where the symptoms are severe or persistent, a more complete solution may be needed. Hormonal estrogen-based therapies are prescribed by a doctor and can be taken either topically or orally.

    For women who do not wish to use hormone therapy, or cannot use it because of other health issues such as cancer, non-hormonal vaginal preparations like Gynatrof are the treatment option of choice.

  • When to see a doctor

    Half of all postmenopausal women experience vaginal atrophy, although few seek treatment. Many resign themselves to the symptoms or are embarrassed to approach the topic with their doctors. Make an appointment to see your doctor if you experience symptoms of vaginal atrophy.

  • Questions your doctor may ask

    ›   What vaginal symptoms are you experiencing?
    ›   How long have you experienced these symptoms?
    ›   Do you continue to have menstrual periods?
    ›   How much distress do your symptoms cause you?
    ›   Are you sexually active?
    ›   Does the condition limit your sexual activity?
    ›   Have you been treated for cancer?
    ›   Do you use scented soap or bubble bath?
    ›   Do you douche or use feminine hygiene spray?
    ›   What medications or vitamin supplements do you take?

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