Vaginal Dryness - Causes

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What causes vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy is the medical term that refers to the thinning of the wall of the vagina that occurs during menopause (the time when menstrual periods have ceased) in women. Prior to menopause, the vaginal lining appears plump, bright red, and moist. As estrogen levels decline, the lining of the vagina becomes thinner, drier, light pink to bluish in color, and less elastic. This is a normal change that is noticed by many perimenopausal and postmenopausal women.

Estrogen levels begin to fall as the menopause approaches. Estrogens are mainly produced by the ovaries. Estrogens control the development of female body characteristics such as the breasts, body shape, and body hair. Estrogens also play a significant role in the regulation of the menstrual cycle and pregnancy.

Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, but it can occur earlier or later in life. The menopause average age is 51 years old. Every woman is different, and there is no definitive way to predict when an individual woman will enter menopause. Also, women in the menopausal transition experience symptoms with varying degrees of severity. Not all perimenopausal and postmenopausal women will have the same symptoms or experience the same levels of severity.

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Comment from: samosee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

The cause of my vaginal dryness was due to age and partner with prostate cancer.

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Comment from: DEB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

Recently I found out I was post-menopausal (52 years) and yes, I have the normal symptoms but the worst is the vaginal dryness and feeling pressure as in a urinary tract infection all the time! All the tests were negative and I still have pressure.

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