Impact of vulvovaginal health on postmenopausal women: A review of surveys on symptoms of vulvovaginal atrophy

Sharon J. Parish, Rossella E. Nappi, Michael L. Krychman, Susan Kellogg-Spadt, James A. Simon, Jeffrey A. Goldstein, Sheryl A. Kingsberg

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Abstract

Several recent, large-scale studies have provided valuable insights into patient perspectives on postmenopausal vulvovaginal health. Symptoms of vulvovaginal atrophy, which include dryness, irritation, itching, dysuria, and dyspareunia, can adversely affect interpersonal relationships, quality of life, and sexual function. While approximately half of postmenopausal women report these symptoms, far fewer seek treatment, often because they are uninformed about hypoestrogenic postmenopausal vulvovaginal changes and the availability of safe, effective, and well-tolerated treatments, particularly local vaginal estrogen therapy. Because women hesitate to seek help for symptoms, a proactive approach to conversations about vulvovaginal discomfort would improve diagnosis and treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-447
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Women's Health
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Health care professional
  • Hypoactive sexual desire disorder
  • Local vaginal estrogen therapy
  • Quality of life
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Vulvovaginal atrophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Oncology
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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