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Vaginal Atrophy Treatments
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What treatments are available for vaginal atrophy?
If you are suffering from vaginal atrophy
, you will want to work with your doctor
to find treatment options that will ease your symptoms. There are a variety of both over the counter and prescription options you can try, and some life style changes may help as well. You may discover a single option works best for you, or you may need to combine some of the choices for optimal results.
The goal of vaginal atrophy treatment is to alleviate symptoms and restore the vaginal tissues, so you’ll need to share all of your symptoms and concerns with your doctor, even the embarrassing ones. Vaginal atrophy symptoms
are not resolved over night, so plan to be patient before giving up on any option.
Over the Counter Remedies
Initially, you can try some over the counter remedies to see if your symptoms improve. These can include moisturizers and personal lubricants
, soaking and sitz baths, and herbal remedies. Over the counter does not mean risk free, so discuss each option with your doctor to determine which is best for you. You’ll also need to avoid scented and warming products which could increase irritation.
Vaginal atrophy can be caused by no or low estrogen, so using hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
can be helpful. There are a variety of different hormone delivery systems
, including several different vaginal options such as vaginal suppositories
, vaginal rings
, and vaginal creams
Though personal hygiene is important, many products can cause irritations to the vagina. You should avoid douching
and using scented soaps, perfumes, powders, and lotions in the vaginal area. You may also need to wash your personal garments in mild detergents, and all toilet paper, pads, and personal products should be unscented.
Wearing tight clothing, smoking, and avoiding sexual activity are examples of life style choices which could contribute to vaginal atrophy. Uncontrolled diabetes and being dehydrated
can also be a problem. It’s important to work with your doctor
to treat any underlying health issues as well as create a diet and exercise plan to help you be as healthy as you can be. Choose to make better choices for better health
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 - 11:42 AM
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