Atrophic vaginitis

Alternative Names

Vaginitis – atrophic; Vaginitis due to reduced estrogen

Definition of Atrophic vaginitis

Atrophic vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina due to thinning tissue and decreased lubrication. It is related to reduced estrogen levels.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Atrophic vaginitis is caused by a decrease in estrogen. Estrogen levels normally drop after .

Signs and tests

A pelvic examination reveals thin, pale vaginal walls. A wet prep test of vaginal discharge may be done to rule out other causes for the condition. Hormonal studies may be done to determine if you are in menopause.

Treatment

There are many treatments for vaginal dryness. Before self treating your symptoms, a doctor must determine if they are caused by decreased estrogen, an infection, irritant, or other reason.

Expectations (prognosis)

Proper treatment will usually relieve the symptoms.

Review

Linda Vorvick, MD, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Redmond, Washington; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 12/9/2009

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