Just the name of this disorder sounds scary. Atrophic vaginitis. Symptoms of this can be annoying to say the least. If you think you're suffering from this disorder, see if you have the following symptoms. If you do, you may want to consider traditional and alternative treatments.
Atrophic vaginitis is caused by lack of estrogen. This can afflict women in menopause, women are breast-feeding, and women who have lower levels of estrogen due to medication or surgical removal of the ovaries. It usually takes 5 to 7 years to develop. However, you may experience some of these symptoms before it is full-blown.
The symptoms include:
· Vaginal dryness.
· Pain during sexual intercourse.
· Bleeding after intercourse.
· Itching or burning in the vagina.
If you suspect you have it, your doctor will examine your vagina for signs of thinning or redness. If you are diagnosed with vaginal atrophy, you will most likely be starting on a low dose of estrogen therapy. This generally will relieve your symptoms in a few weeks. Many women have also found relief through natural estrogen replacements. These are plant-based forms of estrogen that are approved by the FDA for human consumption.
In the meantime, you should use lubrication during intercourse in order to avoid teething of the delicate tissue. After a few weeks of hormonal treatments, you should see things return to normal.
While atrophic vaginitis symptoms can be scary and annoying, they are easily treated. Use lubricants for short-term relief, and medical or natural estrogen replacement to solve the problem.