Vaginal Dryness

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Vaginal dryness is often due to deficiency of the female hormone estrogen. Sometimes vaginal dryness is a result of skin conditions of the genital area. Often no specific cause of vaginal dryness can be identified.

Patients may experience the related symptoms of Vaginal Discharge, Vaginal Bleeding, and/or Vaginal Itching.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/24/2012

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REFERENCE:

Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

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Other Causes of Vaginal Dryness
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Examples of Medications for Vaginal Dryness