Atrophic vaginitis refers to a condition of vaginitis that is caused by reduced estrogen support of the vulvovaginal tissues.
WHAT CAUSES IT?
Either natural or induced menopause can be the cause of this condition.
WHAT MAKES US SUSPECT IT?
Initial Presentation: vaginitis is a common initial presentation for this condition.
- Vaginitis: itching, dryness, dyspareunia
- Urinary symptoms: painful urination, frequency, urgency, incontinence (both stress and urge).
Gynecological exam can reveal the following findings:
- Dry, pale, smooth vaginal epithelium
- Loss of elasticity of the vulvar skin
- Loss of vaginal rugae
- Scarce pubic hair
- Loss of labial fat pad
HOW DO WE TREAT IT?
First line treatment involves using a vaginal moisturizer & lubricant
Second-line treatment is typically a topical vaginal estrogen.
ARCHIVE OF STANDARDIZED EXAM QUESTIONS
This archive organizes questions that inquire about atrophic vaginitis
Page Updated: 10.09.2016