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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is atrophic vaginitis?

A condition where the vaginal surface becomes dry and thin. This is commonly seen after menopause, due to a decrease in female hormone levels. Symptoms include itching and painful intercourse.

Symptoms of atrophic vaginitis

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge e.g. in color, smell, or quantity

  • Itching around the genital area

  • Bleeding in between menstrual cycles / periods or after menopause

  • Pain around the vulva or vagina

Questions your doctor may ask to check for atrophic vaginitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose atrophic vaginitis

  • Do you have any concerns regarding change in your vaginal discharge (color, volume or odor)?

  • Do you have any itch in and around your vagina?

  • Have you had vaginal bleeding, brown or pink colored vaginal discharge outside of your periods? Or, after the menopause?

  • Do you have pain in your genital area?

Treatment for atrophic vaginitis

Most cases can be managed well with lubricants and estrogen creams. Hormone therapy is useful if there are other troubling symptoms of menopause.

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  • Stika CS. Atrophic vaginitis. Dermatol Ther. 2010 Sep-Oct;23(5):514-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8019.2010.01354.x. PMID: 20868405.

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