What is Vaginal Atrophy

Vaginal atrophy, also known as atrophic vaginitis or genitourinary syndrome of menopause, is the thinning, drying, and inflammation of the vaginal walls that may occur when your body has less estrogen.

You should consult your gynaecologist when you experience

  • Painful intercourse painful
  • Frequent urination
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Painful urination [dysuria]
  • Burning during urination
  • Burning, itching, spotting
  • Yellow-colored discharge from the vagina

What causes vaginal atrophy

  • Breastfeeding
  • Birth control pills
  • Hormone treatment
  • Smoking
  • Decrease in estrogen levels; at menopause, a woman’s estrogen levels can fall by about 85%
  • Decreased ovarian functioning due to chemotherapy or radiation
  • Removal of the ovaries [Oophorectomy]
  • Not having vaginal births. Those who haven’t had a vaginal birth are more likely to have GSM-related issues.

How can you treat vaginal atrophy

  • Consult your gynaecologist
  • Lubricants and moisturizers

What not to do

  • Douche, Wear tight underwear and fitting jeans/trousers
  • Use powders, soaps, spermicides, and perfumes that can cause you irritation down there

Your daily vaginal hygiene

  • Wear breathable underwear