<p><strong>What Is Vaginitis?</strong></p>
<p>Vaginitis is a disorder of the vagina caused by infection or inflammation. It is often a result of infection by one of various microorganisms, but vaginitis may also be caused by irritation from soaps or medications, an allergic reaction, or hormonal changes. The three most common types of vaginitis are candidiasis (yeast infection), trichomoniasis (infection by a tiny, one-celled organism called a protozoan), and bacterial vaginosis. These three types account for more than 90% of all vaginitis seen in non-menopausal women. Menopausal women may get atrophic vaginitis associated with thinning of the walls of the vagina. This is due to estrogen deprivation.</p>
<p>Although irritating, vaginitis is not a serious health risk, and it typically subsides quickly with treatment. Recurrent or persistent cases may be associated with an underlying medical condition.</p>
Alternative Names Vaginal cancer; Cancer - vagina; Tumor - vaginal Symptoms Bleeding after sexual intercourse Painless vaginal bleeding and discharge Pain in the pelvis or vagina About 5 - 10% of patients have no symptoms. Signs and tests In patients with no symptoms, the cancer may be found during a routine pelvic examination and Pap smear . Other tests to diagnose vaginal tumors include: Biopsy Colposcopy Other tests that may be done include: Chest x-ray CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis
Conversations surrounding menopause are healthy and necessary. Conversations with doctors will direct a need to thinking about the health of the vagina as a woman enters menopause and conversations with girlfriends can provide an outlet to lament about painful sex and other unpleasant changes.
Vaginal dryness is a common change that happens to women as they grow older. It is caused by the loss of estrogen that women experience as they enter menopause.
Why Is Estrogen Important?
“Estrogen…helps keep vaginal tissue healthy by maintaining a normal vaginal lubrication, tissue elasticity and acidity,” the Mayo Clinic reports. “These factors create a natural defense against vaginal and urinary tract infections.” But the potential issues with vaginal health don’t end with dryness. “Over time, vaginal dryness can turn into vaginal atrophy, which means that the vaginal walls become pale, thin, narrow and lose elasticity,” Dr...
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