What is Postmenopausal Vaginal Atrophy?
Postmenopausal vaginal atrophy is The thinning of the walls of the vagina, which is caused by decreased estrogen levels.
- Most commonly occurs after menopause.
- Menopause is usually between ages 45 and 55 when the woman’s ovaries no longer release eggs.
- In some women, symptoms occur during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause. In other women, symptoms may not appear until years later, if ever.
Symptoms of Postmenopausal Vaginal Atrophy
- Thinning of the vaginal walls
- Shortening of the vaginal canal
- Lack of vaginal moisture (vaginal dryness)
- Vaginal burning (inflammation)
- Discomfort or pain during intercourse
- Pain or burning with urination