Vaginal atrophy;is a common symptom of menopause, in which the tissues lining the inside of the vagina (birth canal) become thin, dry, and inflamed. This is caused by a decrease in the amount of estrogen (a female hormone) made by the body. Symptoms of vaginal atrophy include vaginal dryness, itching, and burning.. Other symptoms include a burning feeling while urinating, feeling a need to urinate often or right away, and being unable to control the flow of urine. Vaginal atrophy most commonly occurs in women who have gone through menopause naturally or who have early menopause caused by certain types of cancer treatment or by having their ovaries removed by surgery.
But With treatment, it’s possible to improve your vaginal health and your quality of life. Treatment can focus on symptoms or the underlying cause.
Over-the-counter moisturizers;or;water-based lubricants;can help treat dryness.
If symptoms are severe,;estrogen replacement therapyis only option. Estrogen improves vaginal elasticity and natural moisture. It usually works in just a few weeks.