Post-Menopausal Vaginal Atrophy: Symptoms, Causes and Home Remedies

Post-Menopausal Vaginal Atrophy

After menopause women experience vaginal atrophy termed as postmenopausal atrophic vaginitis. It is thinning of the vaginal walls.

Post-Menopausal Vaginal Atrophy

Post-Menopausal Vaginal Atrophy

Menopause or cessation of menstruation is a natural biological process. It happens between the age of 45 to 55 years.

What are the Symptoms of Postmenopausal Atrophy

Only about 25 percent of women who are suffering from post-menopausal vaginal atrophy takes it seriously and meets the doctor. It some women the symptoms of postmenopausal vaginal atrophy appears before reaching menopause and in some years after menopause.

Symptoms of Postmenopausal Atrophy

Symptoms of Postmenopausal Atrophy

These symptoms include thinning of the walls of the vagina, inflammation, spotting after intercourse, dyspareunia, burning, and pain during passing urine, urinary tract infections and involuntary urinary leakage.

What are the Causes of Postmenopausal Vaginal Atrophy

As discussed the atrophy of vagina happens after menopause during pre-menopause. It happens due to the decreased level of oestrogen hormone. With the fall of the level of oestrogen, the vaginal tissues dry and become thin. It loses its elasticity becomes more fragile and prone to injuries.

Causes of Postmenopausal Vaginal Atrophy

Causes of Postmenopausal Vaginal Atrophy

Are there other Causes that Cause Vaginal Atrophy

Yes, vaginal atrophy may also be caused by breast feeding, after removal of ovaries, cancer treatment, and hormonal therapy.

Who is more at the Risk of Developing Postmenopausal Vaginal Atrophy

The women who have not given vaginal births are more prone to vaginal atrophy. Other risk factors include smoking.

What are the Complications of Postmenopausal Atrophy

Post-menoapuasal atrophy makes women prone to vaginal infections. It increases the risk of UTI. Some women also experience incontinence urination and dyspareunia.

How is Postmenopausal Vaginal atrophy Diagnosed

When a woman who has approached or is about to reach menopause complains of pain during sex even after lubrication. Other signs that a doctor may look for include smooth, pale and shiny lining of the vagina, lost elasticity, reduction in public hair, external genital is thin and smooth and bulging of the vaginal walls. Your doctor may also recommend you tests such as pelvic examination, blood test, vaginal acidity test, vaginal smear test and urine test.

How is Postmenopausal Vaginal atrophy Treated

Postmenopausal atrophy is treated by improving the health of vagina and your life quality. In the case of severe symptoms, the doctor prescribes oestrogen replacement therapy. Water based lubricants and moisturizers are recommended to treat dryness.

What are the Home Remedies to Treat Postmenopausal Vaginal Atrophy

1.Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is an ultimate solution for you. It is loaded with active compounds such as terpinene-4-ol. This natural oil keeps your vagina lubricated and is also antimicrobial. Add 2 drops of tea tree oil to a tablespoon of coconut oil and apply it to your intimate parts. Be regular with its application.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil

2. Aloe Vera

It is a known hormonal treatment of vaginal atrophy. Not only it treats vaginal dryness but also anti-inflammatory and prevents swelling and infection. Extract a teaspoon of the gel of fresh aloe vera leaf. Add a teaspoon of milk to it and mix properly. Wash the intimate area with this preparation during bath time. Rinse it properly. Also drink aloe vera juice daily.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera

3. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is the cheapest and easily available home remedy to treat vaginal atrophy. It restores the skin barrier function and reduces the symptoms of vaginal atrophy such as burning pain, dryness and itchiness. Apply it directly to the vagina.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

4. Flax Seeds

Flaxseeds are rich in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids It keeps the level of oestrogen and reduces irritation and dryness. Consume flaxseeds in your meal.

5. Nettle Leaf

Nettle leaf is antibacterial, analgesic and antifungal. Boil a cup of nettle leaf in a pot of water for 15 minutes or steep it for 15 minutes. Strain it and rinse your vagina with this concoction when it is cooled down to a bearable temperature.

Nettle Leaf

Nettle Leaf

6. Soy

Soy contains isoflavones that mimic the properties of oestrogen and relieves night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and insomnia. Drink 3 glasses of soy milk every day.

A little change in life style is also needed to treat vaginal atrophy. Eat a balanced diet. Drink at least 10-11 glasses of water a day and exercise every day.
Hope, you find this article helpful. If you have any queries do let me know.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.

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