With age and after childbirth, women start noticing symptoms related to their vaginal health that affect their lifestyle on different levels. Vaginal atrophy or dryness is a common symptom in post-menopausal women that is sometimes accompanied by itching or pain that can also be experienced during sexual intercourse. Stress urinary incontinence is another symptom appearing also in a younger demographic, in some cases already among women 20-45 years old. Women who have undergone childbirth will often notice symptoms of vaginal laxity which can impact their satisfaction with sexual intercourse.
What Causes Vaginal Health Symptoms?
Vaginal atrophy and urogenital atrophy are common vaginal health conditions. The symptoms can include vaginal dryness, irritation, postcoital bleeding, and soreness. Urinary symptoms can include urine frequency, urgency, and urge incontinence.
Vaginal and urogenital atrophy are usually associated with hypoestrogenism – the decreased estrogenization of the vulvovaginal tissue. One of the most common causes of hypoestrogenism are the menopausal changes. Other causes can include lactation, various breast cancer treatments, and use of certain medications.
Who Suffers From Vaginal Health Symptoms?
- Vaginal atrophy or dryness is a common symptom among post-menopausal women, while nearly 80% of the women are likely to suffer from it.
- Stress urinary incontinence is another symptom, that 50% of post-menopausal women are likely to suffer from.
- Vaginal laxity after birth is another symptom that can impact the satisfaction with sexual intercourse.
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