Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal Dryness Symptoms & Signs

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Vaginal dryness is often due to deficiency of the female hormone estrogen, frequently associated with menopause. There are many other causes of vaginal dryness. Sometimes vaginal dryness is a result of local skin conditions of the genital area. Vaginal dryness can also be a feature of systemic diseases, such as Sjögren's syndrome. Frequently, no specific cause of vaginal dryness can be identified.

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REFERENCE:

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.

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