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Long Term Risks of Vaginal Atrophy

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Risks of having vaginal atrophyWhat are the long term risks of vaginal atrophy?


There are a variety of treatment options for vaginal atrophy, depending on your symptoms and situation. In some cases, symptoms may be mild enough that no treatment is necessary. On the other hand, vaginal atrophy can worsen over time, causing permanent damage to vaginal tissues.

Vaginal atrophy can result from no or low estrogen during menopause. The lack of estrogen causes vaginal tissues and the surrounding area to become thin, dry, and inflamed. The tissues may then tear and bleed easily, causing pain and increasing risks for vaginal infection (vaginitis). There is also an increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases because of the thin and tearing issues.

If left untreated, the vagina can also lose its elasticity. It can become permanently shorter and narrower, leaving you uncomfortable. These changes may also make intercourse painful and eventually impossible.

Vaginal atrophy is also connected with genitourinary atrophy, changes to the urinary tract. As a result, you could experience urination frequency and urgency. You could have burning with urination and incontinence. You may also develop recurrent urinary tract infections.

If you are dealing with vaginal atrophy symptoms, it is important to work with your doctor to determine if and which treatment is necessary. Treated early, long term complications and permanent damage could be avoided.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.


08-15-2015 - 11:29 AM


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