What are the treatments for the condition?
Hormone replacement therapy can minimize vaginal dryness. Hormones may be taken orally. Estrogen creams, such as estradiol, may be inserted into the vagina. An estrogen patch may be applied to the skin. Water-soluble lubricants may be inserted before intercourse.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Hormone replacement therapy may increase a woman's risk for breast cancer and uterine cancer. Products used to treat vaginal dryness may rarely cause allergic reactions.
What happens after treatment for the condition?
Treatment of vaginal dryness may be lifelong.
How is the condition monitored?
Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.