What is vaginal atrophy?
Vaginal atrophy is the thinning of the tissue in and around the vagina. In our youth, our tissues are supple and plump. As we age, our skin and the underlying tissues grow thinner.
Estrogen levels fall in perimenopause and after menopause, and that’s when trouble can set in. Though it’s a natural part of growing older, vaginal atrophy can cause inflammation and uncomfortable symptoms such as dryness, itchiness, and pain.
Speak with your doctor if you’re experiencing prolonged vaginal dryness and itching that’s disrupting your daily life, has been going on for a while, or is accompanied by other symptoms. Otherwise, try some of the solutions below.
Vaginal atrophy is a thing — but it’s not a thing that should cause you to suffer.
Help for the symptoms of
Use a high-quality vaginal moisturizer
Thinning, dry tissue will benefit from a moisturizer with plumping hyaluronic acid and nourishing vitamin E.
Strengthen your pelvic floor
Exercises like Pilates and squats can tone pelvic floor muscles and bring blood to the area, keeping tissue healthy and strong.
Have sex regularly
Whether you do it with a partner or you fly solo, sex increases blood flow to the vagina and stimulates lubrication.