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Menopause on Trial: Evaluating Drugs That Cause Vaginal Dryness

a chart that evaluates drugs that may cause vaginal dryness

There are many facts and myths circulating about various drugs — antihistamines, antidepressants, cancer treatments — and vulvar and vaginal dryness, pain, and discomfort.

We looked at the research and came up with a way to help women assess the strength of the facts supporting various claims. On the chart above:

  • Where the research is conclusive, we have labeled it a fact.
  • Where the evidence points to a drug both causing the problem and solving it, we have called it a hung jury.
  • Where there is just not enough evidence, we have said so.

We also evaluated the recommendations for Pap smears and pelvic exams. See what we found.


About the author
Dr. Deb has more than 20 years of experience in academic medicine leadership positions, delivering educational programs on women's health and primary care research for healthcare workers in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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