Changes to a woman’s estrogen levels can be uncomfortable, but we can get you feeling like yourself again.
- Feeling of pelvic pressure
- Vaginal dryness, itching or burning
- Pain with sexual intercourse
- Discomfort with urination
- Urinary frequency
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Stress incontinence
Many women notice changes in their vaginal area as they age. This condition could be caused by a decrease in the levels of the hormone called estrogen. This is commonly called urogenital atrophy or atrophic vaginitis. Up to 40% of postmenopausal women have symptoms of atrophic vaginitis. Decreases in estrogen may be due to a variety of causes, including:
- Menopause, usually occurring around the age of 50
- Surgical removal of the ovaries, done as part of a hysterectomy
- Certain medications
Regardless of the cause, natural or surgical, the lack of estrogen will cause changes in a woman’s body. When hormone production decreases, the body goes through a variety of changes, including moodiness, lethargy, hot flashes, menstrual irregularity, osteoporosis, and vaginal dryness. Even though these symptoms may be occurring, only about half of women who experience these symptoms seek medical attention. This is a commonly overlooked and underdiagnosed condition that is often easily corrected.