Alternative Names Vaginitis - atrophic; Vaginitis due to reduced estrogen Symptoms Burning on urination Light bleeding after intercourse Painful sexual intercourse causing a loss in sexual interest Slight vaginal discharge Vaginal soreness, including itching or burning sensations Signs and tests A pelvic examination reveals thin, pale vaginal walls. A wet prep test of vaginal discharge may be done to rule out other causes for the condition. Hormonal studies may be done to determine if you are in menopause.
Recently I have had two very enlightening conversations. First of all, in my conversation with Dr. Tara Allmen about her new CD, “Menopause in an Hour,” she stated that all women need to start thinking about the health of their vagina as they enter menopause. A couple of weeks later, I was at happy hour with several girlfriends who are in various stages of “the change”. One woman expressed how painful it became to have sex once she reached menopause.
Vaginal dryness is caused by the loss of estrogen that women experience as they enter menopause. “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 th...
Back in high school biology we all learned that there are many different organ systems in the body--the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the reproductive system, the urinary system and so forth. I think of them as having separate organs and operating differently. So it never made sense to me that something that had to do with the reproductive system (sex) would affect the urinary system (urinary tract infections). But Oh! How wrong I was.
Just about every young woman who begins her adult sexual life, no matter what her age, has dealt with the dreaded urinary tract infection ( watch a UTI video ), often as a result of sexual activity.
But why? My anatomy & physiology classes have come in handy; now I know that the urethra, which carries urine from your bladder to the point where it is excreted, is really, really close to the opening of the vagina, both of which are right above the opening of the anus, where your solid waste is excreted. Bacteria that's hangin...
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