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Atrophic vaginitis


Atrophic vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina due to thinning and shrinking tissues and a decrease in lubrication.


Atrophic vaginitis is typically caused by a decrease in estrogen. Estrogen levels normally drop after menopause. The disorder may occur in younger women who have had surgery to remove their ovaries. Some women develop the condition immediately after childbirth or while breastfeeding, since estrogen levels are lower at these times.


  • Burning on urination
  • Light bleeding after intercourse
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Slight vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal soreness -- itching or burning sensation


Estrogen replacement therapy may be recommended. Estrogen may be given as a cream, tablet, or ring placed into the vagina, as a skin patch, or in a pill that you take by mouth.

Women may want to discuss the risks and benefits of estrogen replacement therapy with their health care provider.

A water-soluble vaginal lubricant may help relieve pain during intercourse.


Proper treatment will usually relieve the symptoms.