According to a recent study, Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy, which 1 in 2 women suffer from menopause, increases the risk of depression and anxiety. Here’s what you need to know about this issue.
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L ‘ Atrophy Vaginal vulva is a pathological condition that affects about 50% of menopausal women even if few know what it is.
Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy causes a thinning of the tissues of the intimate area which become more fragile and less elastic, therefore more subject to the risk of spontaneous or mechanical micro-injuries (in the case of intimate intercourse, which are often painful).
Risks associated with Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy
In light of what we have said, it is easy to understand what the impact of Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy can be on women’s quality of life. Discomfort and difficulties in everyday life and in relationships with the partner can represent, in addition to physical ailments, also psychological and emotional difficulties .
According to research conducted by a team of US scientists led by Canadian physician Erick Moyneur of Statlog Econometrics Inc. of Montreal and published in the journal Menopause , the vulva Vaginal Atrophy would be linked to an increased risk of postmenopausal depression and anxiety manifestations or sadness.
The study: AVV can increase the risk of depression
The research examined over 125,000 cases of women between 45 and 54 years of age with Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy and compared them to 376,000 cases of controls without an AVV diagnosis (matching them by age, health plan and region). It was found that women diagnosed with Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy were simultaneously diagnosed with depression in 23.9% of cases and anxiety in 16.6%.
In women without a diagnosis of AVV, the cases of depression stopped at 18.9%, while the anxious subjects were 11.3%.
Why early diagnosis of Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy is important
“ Although this study does not establish any causality – wrote Dr. Erick Moyneur in the conclusions – the magnitude of the results suggests the importance of early diagnosis and management of the symptoms of AVV and dyspareunia ( painful intercourse ) which could in turn facilitate the development or worsening of depression and anxiety ”.
The research also analyzed the increase in healthcare spending on mental health care for women with Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy , a condition that requires a multidisciplinary approach . The deduction was that: “ a more proactive communication between women and doctors of different specializations can optimize the management of the AVV”.
How to recognize Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy: the symptoms
We have already talked about it more extensively in other articles of our blog, but we remind you here which are the main disorders that can indicate Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy:
- intimate itching
- vaginal dryness
- pain during intercourse
- blood loss
At the origin of AVV there is the physiological change in hormone levels , responsible not only for fertility and the menstrual cycle but also for the texture of skin, hair and mucous membranes, including the vulvar ones.
Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy: the visit to the gynecologist is the first step
You can do a lot to keep ailments and evolution of Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy at bay , but it is up to you to take the first step: consult an experienced gynecologist in menopause .
Do not put off for fear or shame to talk about it: finding your well-being and your serenity depends only on you because the best weapon to successfully manage the AVV is early diagnosis . Don’t wait for it to pass (it won’t happen) and don’t let things get worse: contact the specialist immediately. Only the gynecologist can identify the most suitable treatment for you.