Vaginal atrophy is a common problem for many women, especially during menopause. The term vaginal atrophy is used to describe a thinning of the vaginal tissue caused by a decrease in estrogen levels.
What is Vaginal Atrophy?
Common symptoms of vaginal atrophy include:
- Vaginal irritation
- Lack of lubrication during sex
- Burning or pain with urination
Women who are going through menopause and also smoke, have never given birth vaginally or do not engage in sexual activity are more likely than others to experience vaginal atrophy.
Additionally, women who are breastfeeding, have experienced a surgical removal of ovaries or have just finished certain cancer treatments may also experience vaginal atrophy.
Is Vaginal Atrophy Reversible?
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of vaginal atrophy, you’re probably also wondering whether or not this thinning of the vaginal tissue is reversible.
The answer: It depends on the cause. If your vaginal atrophy is caused by menopause, it’s unlikely that the symptoms can be fully reversed since estrogen levels will only continue to drop. In the case of breastfeeding or other hormonal changes, reversal may be possible once hormone levels come back into balance.
Several treatment and management options are available to treat vaginal atrophy including lubricants, hormone supplements and other medications. Contact a well-woman care doctor to learn more about treatment and your choices.