Vaginal Dryness and Vaginal Atrophy (cont.)

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What symptoms can be associated with vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy?

Other vaginal symptoms that are commonly associated with vaginal atrophy include vaginal dryness, itching, irritation, and/or pain with sexual intercourse (known as dyspareunia). The vaginal changes also lead to an increased risk of vaginal infections.

In addition to the vaginal symptoms, women may experience other symptoms of the menopausal transition. Hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, fatigue, urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence, acne, memory problems, and unwanted hair growth.

How is vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy diagnosed?

Vaginal symptoms such as itching, dryness, or pain with sexual intercourse is typically sufficient to assume that a women is suffering from vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy if she is experiencing other symptoms consistent with the menopausal transition. Of course, a careful physical examination, including a pelvic examination, is necessary to rule out other conditions (such as infections) that may be causing vaginal symptoms.

There are no specific tests available to determine whether the vaginal wall has become thinner or less elastic.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/20/2013

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