Care for WOMEN by WOMEN

Vaginal Atrophy (VA)

Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome (VRS)

Vaginal Atrophy (VA) is thinning of vaginal wall that occurs post-menopausal and natural ageing, due to loss of collagen resulting in loss of natural elasticity. The hydration in protective mucosa can reduce causing loss of lubrication and associated dryness.

Many women experience vaginal atrophy during and after menopause. This condition causes vaginal:

  • thinness
  • dryness
  • inflammation
  • pain

This can occur when estrogen levels drop, as they do around the time a woman begins menopause.

You may have no symptoms at all or you may have:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Itching or burning feelings in your vagina
  • Pain and discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • Light bleeding after intercourse or random vaginal spotting
  • Burning sensation when you urinate
  • Frequent, strong urges to urinate

Atrophy may also cause urinary problems and pain during intercourse. Urinary problems may include:

  • burning and stinging while urinating
  • feeling the need to urinate more often

For some women non-prescription treatments can help, especially if symptoms are mild.

Prescription medications include low-dose estrogen treatments, including:

  • Estrogen cream placed in the vagina at bedtime
  • Estrogen tablet inserted into the vagina with a disposable applicator
  • Hormone replacement therapy- HRT

Laser Treatments are new effective way of treating Vaginal Atrophy. More information about Laser Treatments is available here.

Please refer to Non-surgical Laser Treatments for how Laser Treatments can help manage Vaginal Atrophy and VRS.

A brief video regarding laser treatments for VA and VRS as below.