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Atrophic Vaginitis

Umaima Jamaluddin, MD, FACOG

Gynecologist & Obstetrician located in Bakersfield, CA

If you have vaginal dryness or burning during urination after menopause, you may think it’s normal and feel like there isn’t anything you can do. Many women feel embarrassed and tolerate it, but you don’t have to. Dr. Umaima Jamaluddin in Bakersfield, California can treat your atrophic vaginitis so you can continue to enjoy sex. Call her office or use the online booking form to schedule an appointment to determine the best course of action for your atrophic vaginitis.

Atrophic Vaginitis Q & A

What is atrophic vaginitis?

Atrophic vaginitis describes the thinning, inflammation, and drying of the vaginal walls as a result of reduced estrogen production, typically after menopause.

One of the most noteworthy symptoms of atrophic vaginitis is reduced lubrication during sexual activity, as well as pain or discomfort during intercourse. Other symptoms include:

  • Vaginal burning, discharge, or itching
  • Burning during urination
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urgency with urination
  • Light bleeding during intercourse
  • Changes in vaginal color
  • Frequent infections, including urinary tract infections

What causes atrophic vaginitis?

Atrophic vaginitis arises due to a decrease in estrogen. It can occur when you’re perimenopausal, postmenopausal, or have your ovarian tubes removed. Treatment for reproductive cancers and breast cancer can cause vaginal dryness, too.

You’re more at risk for atrophic vaginitis if you smoke because doing so affects your blood circulation, causing your pelvic region to receive inadequate oxygen. Women who’ve never had a vaginal birth are also more at risk.

Women who don’t masturbate or participate in sexual activity with a partner have a decrease in blood flow to the vaginal tissue, making them susceptible to atrophic vaginitis, as well.

How does a gynecologist use hormone replacement therapy to treat atrophic vaginitis?

One treatment option for atrophic vaginitis is hormone replacement therapy via patch, tablet, gel, or implant.

Hormone therapy sends estrogen through your body to replace the missing hormone. By increasing your estrogen level, it reduces or eliminates the symptoms of atrophic vaginitis.

Other possible options include prescription vaginal tablets, creams, pessaries, or rings.

How does a gynecologist use non-hormonal treatments for atrophic vaginitis?

Dr. Jamaluddin may advise using over-the-counter vaginal lubricants, moisturizers, or prescription vaginal creams. She also recommends at-home lifestyle changes, such as exercising and changing the type of undergarments you wear.

She also performs MonaLisa TouchⓇ, the most revolutionary treatment for atrophic vaginitis. It utilizes a laser that targets the vaginal tissue to correct dryness, itching, and pain during intercourse.

MonaLisa Touch doesn't have the risks that come with hormone replacement therapy, making it a suitable option for women who can't use an estrogen-based treatment.

For help deciding on the right treatment for your atrophic vaginitis, call or schedule an appointment online at Dr. Jamaluddin’s office.

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