Article By Emilie Lavinia
~ September 2021 ~ Vaginal atrophy can happen at any life stage but is incredibly common postmenopause. It is rarely discussed but normalizing the natural changes our bodies go through is not only important for opening up the conversation about women’s health, but it also helps reduce the shock and shame that can come with these conditions when they start to affect us.
Vaginal atrophy occurs when the body’s estrogen levels drop, usually during menopause causing thinning, drying, and inflammation of the vaginal walls. This reduction in estrogen can also cause urinary symptoms too, which is why you’ll sometimes hear vaginal atrophy grouped with other symptoms of Genito-urinary Syndrome (GUS). It’s a normal part of the process, but for some, it can be uncomfortable and distressing. Kegel exercises can help combat the pelvic muscle weakness caused by GUS, and thankfully there are treatments for vaginal atrophy, too. It’s important to remember that vaginal atrophy is incredibly common, affecting 50-60% of postmenopausal women according to a study from Int J Women’s Health. There’s no need to suffer in silence.