Post-Menopausal Vaginal Syndrome

If you are around the age of menopause or beyoned and you have painful intercourse you may have post-menopausal vaginal syndrome. Estrogen is important for the walls of the vaginal and the vulva to remain healthy. It is important for the whole urogenital tract to remain healthy. With post-menopausal vaginal syndrome you may experience vaginal dryness, vaginal discharge, buring with urination, itching of the vaginal area, and itching of the area of tissue between the vagina and the rectum known as the perineum. In severe cases women will report bleeding after sex, bleeding after exercising or spot bleeding unexpectedly. If you have a elvic exam you may be told by your gyno that you have vaginal atrophy which is a thinning and dryness of the vaginal walls. You may also loose the muscle tone of the vagina. It tpically will occur a few years after your ovaries quit making estrogen. If you get treated with estrogen to cure the post-menopausal vaginal syndrom you probably know that your treatment is working if your symptoms improve. But the vaginal pH will decrease back to your premenopausal levels, and a pap test can show that the cells of the lining of the vagina are reverting to their normal state. Estrogen creams or pills or delivered in rings are the most effective treatments for this condition.


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