Vaginal atrophy: what it is

Here you will find the answers to these questions:

  • What is Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy?
  • Is Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy linked to menopause?
  • How do i know i have vaginal atrophy?
  • Can Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy be cured? What can I do?

What is Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy?

Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy (or simply Vaginal Atrophy ) is a very common pathological condition in women.

It manifests itself with symptoms and consequences that can create embarrassment:

  • intimate itching
  • Vaginal dryness
  • pain in intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • blood loss

For this reason it is little known.

Vaginal atrophy causes a thinning of the vulvar tissues which become more fragile and less elastic. It is these factors that cause the main annoyances.


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Is Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy linked to menopause?

Yes. This happens because during menopause the amount of estrogen in the body decreases. The effect is a thinning of the vaginal wall , which becomes more fragile and less lubricated, causing symptoms such as  intimate dryness , pain during intercourse, itching and irritation.

These symptoms are common in  postmenopausal women  and if they occur at the same time they can indicate the presence of  Vulvo-Vaginal Atrophy , a condition that can be diagnosed by the  gynecologist .

In Italy 1 out of 2 women suffer from it today.

How do i know i have vaginal atrophy?

Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy is evident through a series of disorders:

·    Vaginal dryness

a feeling of lack of natural lubrication, not only before or during an intimate relationship, but also in “normal” moments; a feeling that there is “something wrong”.

You can learn more with this article:  Vaginal dryness in menopause: symptoms and remedies  

·    Intimate itching :

who has never experienced the annoying itching sensation, perhaps as a result of an infection? And this is precisely what we think about when we present this disorder often confused with candida . The substantial difference is that, with the necessary medical prescriptions, the infection passes after a while. The intimate itching that results from Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy persists and tends to get worse.

You can learn more with this article: Intimate itching in menopause: what can it depend on?

·    Pain and irritation :

the next stage of itching is irritation. More specifically, the progress of itching and the need to relieve it can cause micro-lesions to the vaginal tissue thinned by Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy that give a sense of irritation, swelling, pain. Similarly, the lack of natural lubrication (dryness) generates mechanical micro-traumas if we try to have intimate relationships with the partner. All this can bring discomfort and embarrassment even in the most “navigated” couples.

You can learn more with this article: Small injuries to the vagina, that’s why it happens

·    Dyspareunia :

this is the technical name that defines painful intimate relationships , a problem that not only implies the need to go to the doctor as soon as possible (even if it can be embarrassing) but that involves a series of psychological consequences: sense of inadequacy, fear to put the couple in crisis, fear that the interruption of intimate life could bring consequences to the sentimental balance, etc. If you feel pain during or after intercourse, know that you certainly need to check yourself: if you are already in menopause it could be Vaginal Atrophy .

You can learn more with this article: Pain during intercourse. What is dyspareunia

If you experience one or more of these discomforts and you are already in menopause, we recommend that you speak to an experienced menopausal gynecologist as soon as possible.

Can Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy be cured? What can I do?

The good news is that, especially if you are at the first signs of this discomfort and what you feel is more like discomfort than pain, you can do a lot to restore balance and get back to living your intimate life normally.

If Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy is at an advanced stage (therefore you have losses, pain, it is impossible for you to perform certain daily actions such as walking or sitting for some time) you have several options in front of you that can help you restore an acceptable situation in a short time. time, relieving itching and pain .

Vaginal Atrophy is in fact a disease that progresses over time and worsens if neglected.

The first thing to do is to avoid home remedies and do-it-yourself treatments . The wisest thing is to always choose to talk to a doctor, possibly a gynecologist who specializes in menopause.

If you believe it is important to have a second opinion, we have compiled for you a list of gynecologists in Italy who specialize in menopause . This list is complete with addresses and telephones: you can choose the one closest to your home and make an appointment yourself. 


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