Vagina Atrophy; kind of awful word that just refers to thinning of the vaginal tissue. Which by the way is reversible. So, whyis it that no one ever talks about it; not your mother, not your friends, why does it stay so hush hush?
I decided to do a post on vagina atrophy because it affects over 60% of post-menopausal women. Yet, they suffer in silence due to embarrassment, cultural taboos or not feeling comfortable speaking to their health care provider.
In practice, I have discovered that many women see it as part of aging and just sort of deal with it. Nope, it’s not part of aging because half of women don’t get these symptoms as they age.
If you suffer from this excessive vagina dryness, don’t be embarrassed to read this (LOL). They are so many ways to avoid or reverse vagina atrophy so that your sexual desires and activity does not need to decrease at mid-life.
What is vagina atrophy?
- This is caused when there is a thinning, drying or inflammation of your vagina tissue in your vagina wall due to a decline in estrogen.
- This can occur during and after you reach menopause
- Can also start as early as when you are in your 30’s.
- Dryness of the vagina
- Burning and/or itching of the vagina
- Pain during sex
- A discharge from the vagina
- Spotting or bleeding
- You keep getting urinary tract infections
- You can use water-based lubricants before sex; put these in and around your vagina or on your partner’s penis.
- use vaginal moisturizers for vaginal dryness; you can put these inside your vagina to keep it moist.
- use unperfumed soaps and washes around your vagina.
- try to enjoy more foreplay so you’re more aroused during sex.
- If you’re getting vaginal dryness because of changes in your hormone levels, you may be prescribed creams, gels, patches or medicines to increase a hormone called estrogen. This is called HRT.
See your health care provider if:
- it’s been a few weeks and things you can try yourself aren’t working
- it’s affecting your daily life
- There is unusual discharge or bleeding from your vagina
- you have bleeding after sex or in between your periods