Vaginal atrophy is thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to the body’s decreased production of the female reproductive hormone, estrogen. Vaginal atrophy occurs most often as the result of menopause, but can also be caused by the surgical removal of both ovaries (surgical menopause), pelvic radiation therapy for cancer, chemotherapy for cancer and hormonal treatment for breast cancer.
Almost half of postmenopausal women experience vaginal atrophy to some extent, but many are too embarrassed to seek treatment. There is no need to suffer, though. Vaginal atrophy is very treatable today. Dr. Collins offers a wide array of options. These include:
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