Learn about Vaginal Atrophy Video

Most women wouldn’t think twice about talking to their doctor about hot flashes, mood swings or trouble sleeping. But there’s another common problem many women are too shy or embarrassed to talk about – even with their doctor. It's called vaginal ...
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Sherry Demeterco: Chances are many women would not think twice about talking to their doctor about hot flashes, mood swings or trouble sleeping, which are all common symptoms of menopause. But there is another common problem that many post-menopausal woman are too shy or embarrassed to talk about, even with their doctor. It is called that no atrophy and symptoms, which include burning, itching, dryness and pain during, sex, chave a significant impact on a woman's quality of life. Once they reach menopause nearly half of our women may experience vaginal symptoms. Doctor Shawna Johnston is a leading Canadian expert on menopause and vaginal atrophy. She wants women to know the vaginal discomfort shouldn't be kept as secret. Shawna Johnston: Vaginal Atrophy is a very common condition in Canadian women, and it includes a collection of different symptoms, including discomfort with intercourse and vulvar and vaginal itching and pain. Those clearly have a negative impact on women sexuality and can negatively interfere with the quality of her relationship with the partner. The treatment options start of with non-hormonal options like vaginal moisturizers or topical lubricants but those are really band-aid solutions that don't address the underlying problem, which is estrogen deficiency in the vagina. So effective treatment is really focused at replacing estrogen in the vagina and that can be done effectively with a low dose vaginal estrogen tablet called Vagifem. There is also other estrogen alternatives like creams and a sustained release ring as well. Sherry Demeterco: According to an internal survey one in three Canadian post- menopausal women experience vaginal discomfort with more than half describing their symptoms as moderate to severe. Despite this, seven in ten had not received treatment from the doctor. Nearly half of all women surveyed were unaware that menopause related vaginal discomfort could be treated and more than half simply accepted or believed that it's just part of that stage in life. Shawna Johnston: I think many women are very shy or embarrassed about seeking help and wait to be asking by their physician or healthcare provider about the symptoms. If they are not asking, they don't tell and suffer in silence for years. We vaginal estrogen therapy like Vagifem, women can go back to enjoy life without vaginal discomfort or dryness. And returning to a healthy active sex life without vaginal discomfort or pain. Sherry Demeterco: If you think, you might be suffering from vaginal atrophy don't be afraid to get the help you need. Look for valuable online resources like tips and self-assessment quizzes. And talk to your doctor about mess free treatments like Vagifem or other treatment options that are right for you. Sherry Demeterco reporting.

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