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Postmenopausal Vaginal Atrophy

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