What is Vaginal Atrophy?

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Vaginal atrophy is a syndrome which is caused due to dryness in the vagina along with inflammation and thinning of the vagina. Millions of postmenopausal women undergo such a syndrome. 65% of women do not recognize this and have no idea about this chronic condition. Women mostly rely on lubricants to treat their vaginal disorder and remain uncertain about a damaged tissue. A defective vagina along with urinary symptoms is also called as GSM – Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause.

If you are still using a moisturizer or a lubricant to treat your vaginal symptoms, it might hold on only for a few days with a damaged tissue. It’s time to understand the reasons and symptoms of an atrophic vagina in order to treat it at the earliest.  


Why does Vaginal Atrophy Occur?

Estrogen levels are an important component in a woman’s sexual development, skin health, and tissues in the body. A decrease in the Estrogen level will lead to vaginal atrophy. A woman with irregular periods or under medications is likely to end up with such a disorder.


Why do Estrogen Levels Reduce?

  • Breastfeeding
  • Lack of enough lubricant during intercourse
  • Lack of libido
  • Consumption of birth-control pills
  • Post removal of both the ovaries
  • Diabetes
  • Post-chemotherapy
  • Cancerous treatment of the hormones

Some other crucial factors to look into: 

  • Lack of sexual activity tightens the vaginal tissues
  • Women who do not deliver through their vagina have more chances of atrophic vaginitis.
  • Smoking damages the entire blood flow in the body and reduces the oestrogen levels leading to an early menopause.


Symptoms of Vaginal Atrophy

Though the symptoms of GSM aren’t visible very clearly in the initial stages, it mostly occurs when a woman reaches her menopause stages. Not all women might necessarily undergo this syndrome during their menopause stage.

  • Frequent urination
  • Discomfort during intercourse
  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Dryness in the vagina
  • Itching
  • Importunateness in urination
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal canal tightens


How can Vaginal Atrophy be Treated Naturally?

Treating such a syndrome naturally is what most of the women prefer rather than consulting a doctor in order to avoid all the embarrassing moments. If you want some useful tips, then here are few ways to treat it all on your own!

  • Exercise regularly to maintain a hormonal balance
  • Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water
  • Quit smoking to protect your vagina and to maintain the estrogen levels.
  • Apply jojoba oil, aloe vera, Vitamin E enriched products to let your vagina stay lubricated and free from burns.
  • Stay active sexually for a healthy blood flow.

If nothing works after following the above methods and if you still face pain down there with soreness or unusual bleeding, then it is wise to consult your doctor for an appropriate diet plan with some medications without any hesitation.

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