Vaginal Dryness Snapshot can be a place to start if you are searching for evidence-based information about menopausal vaginal dryness, itching, burning, discomfort and pain during intercourse…

Vaginal Dryness

What is vaginal dryness?

On page one in Vaginal Dryness the North American Menopause Society explain:

Vaginal Dryness Snapshot

“Bothersome symptoms of the vagina and vulva (outer lips of the vagina) increase during and after the menopause transition or may start several years after menopause. The decrease in estrogen with menopause is a major contributor to vaginal dryness, itching, burning, discomfort, and pain during intercourse or other sexual activity. Vaginal atrophy is the medical term that describes these changes. The genitourinary syndrome of menopause includes bothersome vaginal atrophy often combined with urinary symptoms”.

In Vulvovaginal Symptoms After Menopause: Key Facts the Australian Menopause Society elaborate on:

  • “As women age they will experience changes to their vagina and urinary system largely due to decreasing levels of the hormone oestrogen
  • The changes, which may cause dryness, irritation, itching and pain with intercourse are known as the genito-urinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) and can affect up to 50% of postmenopausal women. GSM was previously known as atrophic vaginitis or vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA)”.

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Last Updated: 25 May 2022 – Last Reviewed: 25 May 2022