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Atrophic Vaginitis

Atrophic Vaginitis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Doctors may prescribe hormone replacement therapy, called HRT, to prevent and treat atrophic vaginitis. HRT usually consists of estrogen. A person can take estrogen in several forms:

  • pills
  • skin patches
  • creams, which are applied to the vaginal tissues
  • Some women may benefit from a diet high in foods that contain plant estrogens, known as phytoestrogens. These include soy, flaxseeds, and red clover.

    What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    Long-term effects of this condition include chronic vaginal yeast infections. Also common are scrapes and scratches of the vulva and vagina that can cause painful intercourse.

    What are the risks to others?

    Atrophic vaginitis itself is not catching. But, sometimes an infection develops as a result of the condition. And this infection may be passed to a sexual partner during intercourse.

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    Atrophic Vaginitis: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Eva Martin, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 02/11/02

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