Definition Atrophic vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina due to thinning tissue and decreased lubrication. It is related to reduced estrogen levels. For other types and causes of vaginitis, see: Vulvovaginitis Alternative Names Vaginitis - atrophic; Vaginitis due to reduced estrogen Causes, incidence, and risk factors Atrophic vaginitis is caused by a decrease in estrogen. Estrogen levels normally drop after menopause . Estrogen is very important in keeping the tissues of the vagina lubricated and healthy. Normally, the lining of the vagina makes a clear, lubricating fluid. This fluid makes sexual intercourse more comfortable and helps decrease vaginal irritation.Thinning or shrinking of the vaginal tissue causes dryness and inflammation. The following may cause estrogen levels to drop and lead to atrophic vaginitis: Medications or hormones used to decrease estrogen levels in women, as part of the treatment for breast cancer, endometriosis, fibroids, or infertility Radiation treatment to the ...
Vaginal dryness can happen after menopause -- either natural menopause or early menopause brought on by breast cancer treatment. Estrogen levels drop and the membranes of the vagina get thinner, become less flexible, and produce less lubricating fluid. Sexual intercourse may be uncomfortable or even painful.
Vaginal dryness can be caused by the following breast cancer treatments:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
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Managing vaginal dryness
Use a lubricant that's water-based (not hormone-based) such as Astroglide, Moist Again, or K-Y Liquid during intercourse.
Try a vaginal moisturizer such as Replens, which can help the vaginal walls stay moisturized.
Avoid using anything that could be irritating such as lotions, deodorants, pe...
Generic Name: MICONAZOLE NITRATE - VAGINAL Pronounced: (mye-KON-a-zole NYE-trate) 3 Day Vaginal Vagl Uses
This medication is used to treat vaginal yeast infections.
Miconazole reduces vaginal burning, itching, and discharge that may occur with
this condition. This medication is an azole antifungal. It works by stopping
the growth of yeast (fungus) that causes the infection. The vaginal product
comes in 2 forms (a vaginal cream or tablet). Some products also come with a
skin cream to be applied to the area around the outside of the
Ask your doctor before using this medication for
self-treatment if this is your first vaginal infection. This medication only
works for vaginal fungal infections. You may have a different type of infection
(such as bacterial vaginosis) and may need a different
If you have fever, chills, flu-like symptoms,
stomach/abdominal pain, or a bad-smelling vaginal discharge, do not use this
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