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Vaginal Atrophy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy is a condition that causes thinning, drying, and inflammation of vaginal tissue. This condition is caused by decreased levels of estrogen (a female sex hormone). Vaginal atrophy can increase your risk for vaginal and urinary tract infections. Vaginal atrophy can worsen over time if not treated.

What causes or increases your risk of vaginal atrophy?

What are the signs and symptoms of vaginal atrophy?

How is vaginal atrophy diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms. A pelvic exam will be done to examine your vagina and cervix. Your healthcare provider will place a speculum into your vagina to open and examine it. A sample of discharge from your vagina may be collected and tested. A urine test may also be done.

How is vaginal atrophy treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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