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- Vaginal dryness
- Vaginal itching or burning
- Vaginal pain
- Problems with sexual intimacy because of painful intercourse
- A test of the acid-base balance (pH balance) of the vagina
- A swabbing of a small part of the vaginal wall—The cells are collected and tested to determine if estrogen is present.
- Oral estrogen therapy
- Estrogen-containing vaginal creams or vaginal suppositories
- Ask your doctor if estrogen therapy is right for you.
- Stay sexually active.
- Use a vaginal lubricant.
- Drink plenty of fluids each day.
American Family Physician http://www.aafp.org
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org/publications/patient%5Feducation
Women's Health.gov http://www.womenshealth.gov
The Canadian Women's Health Network http://www.cwhn.ca
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
Atrophic vaginitis. A treatable cause of vaginal dryness. Mayo Clin Womens Healthsource. 2002;6:6.
Bachmann GA, Nevadunsky NS. Diagnosis and treatment of atrophic vaginitis. Am Fam Physician. 2000;61:3090-3096.
Castelo-Branco C, Cancelo MJ, et al. Management of postmenopausal vaginal atrophy and atrophic vaginitis. Maturitas. 2005 [Epub ahead of print].
Nothnagle M, Taylor JS. Vaginal estrogen preparations for relief of atrophic vaginitis. Am Fam Physician. 2004;69:2111-2112.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012
- Update Date: 03/18/2013