Urogenital atrophy

What is Urogenital Atrophy?

Urogenital atrophy (also called atrophic vaginitis) is a condition where there is a thinning of the walls of the vagina due to a drop in levels of one or more hormones (particularly estrogen). This can lead to dryness, irritation, and in some cases, discomfort. Urogenital atrophy is a common condition and affects many women, especially those who have gone through menopause. It can be managed with treatment.

Symptoms of Urogenital Atrophy

The symptoms of urogenital atrophy include:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal irritation
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Increased urinary frequency
  • Painful intercourse
  • Discharge from the vagina

Causes of Urogenital Atrophy

Urogenital atrophy is caused by a decrease in levels of estrogen, a hormone that helps keep the lining of the vagina healthy. This can occur naturally during and after menopause, but can also be caused by a variety of other factors, such as lifestyle habits, certain medications, or medical conditions.

Treatment of Urogenital Atrophy

Urogenital atrophy can be treated with hormone replacement therapy, in which the levels of estrogen in the body are replenished. This can be done orally, through a cream or patch applied topically to the vagina, or through a ring that is inserted into the vagina. Other treatments are available to manage the symptoms of urogenital atrophy, including topical lubricants and moisturizers.