Definition A vaginal tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the vagina, a female reproductive organ. Alternative Names Vaginal cancer; Cancer - vagina; Tumor - vaginal Causes, incidence, and risk factors Most cancerous vaginal tumors occur when another cancer, such as cervical or endometrial cancer , spreads. This is called secondary vaginal cancer. Primary vaginal cancer is very rare. Most primary vaginal cancers start in skin cells called squamous cells. The rest are adenocarcinoma (6%), melanoma (3%), and sarcoma (3%). The cause of squamous cell carcinoma of the vagina is unknown. However, up to 30% of patients have had cervical cancer. About 75% of patients with squamous cell cancer of the vagina are over 50. Adenocarcinomas of the vagina more commonly affect younger women. The average age at which adenocarcinoma of the vagina is diagnosed is 19. Women whose mothers took diethylstilbestrol (DES, which was prescribed to prevent miscarriages ) during the first 3 months of pregnancy are at in...
Definition The vaginitis wet mount test is a test to detect an infection of the vagina that does not involve the urinary tract. See also: Vaginitis Alternative Names Wet prep How the test is performed You will be asked to lie on your back with your feet in the stirrups. The health care provider will perform a pelvic examination and then insert an instrument called a speculum into the vagina. The speculum is slightly opened. This holds the vagina open and allows the health care provider to see inside. The health care provider inserts a sterile, moist cotton swab into the vagina to take a sample of discharge. The swab and speculum are removed. The discharge is placed onto a slide and placed under a microscope so that it can be checked for signs of infection. How to prepare for the test Do not douche for 24 hours before the test. How the test will feel There may be slight discomfort with the pelvic examination and when the speculum is inserted. Why the test is performed The test looks for the cause o...
Alternative treatments for vaginal dryness
Is there a drug-free treatment for vaginal dryness?
Because there are many causes of vaginal dryness, there are many potential treatments. Before self treating, you should be sure your vaginal dryness is not caused by an infection, foreign body, or tumor (a rare cause of vaginal dryness).
A very common cause of vaginal dryness is lack of the hormone, estrogen. (See: atrophic vaginitis ) Applying a vaginal estrogen-based cream can help relieve this dryness. Water-based lubricants also are effective for relieving vaginal dryness. Lubricants will moisten the vaginal lining for several hours, and the effect of a vaginal cream can last for up to a day.
Soybeans contain plant-based substances called isoflavones that weakly mimic the action of estrogen. A diet rich in soy foods would therefore be expected to improve symptoms of vaginal dryness. R...
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