Postmenopausal vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) is positively improved by topical hyaluronic acid application. A prospective, observational study

M. Origoni, C. Cimmino, G. Carminati, E. Iachini, C. Stefani, S. Girardelli, S. Salvatore, M. Candiani

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of a topical vaginal preparation containing hyaluronic acid in controlling signs and symptoms correlated with postmenopausal vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospective, observational study has been performed at the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of the Vita Salute San Raffaele University of Milan, Italy. Forty-six (46) consecutive postmenopausal women complaining of genital discomfort due to postmenopausal estrogen lack have been enrolled. All patients have been investigated by the use of the Vaginal Health Index (VHI) and of a Visual Analogic Scale (VAS) of symptoms at baseline and one month after the end of the study. The treatment protocol consisted of the administration of a hyaluronic acid-based liquid preparation for vaginal use (Justgin®, Just Pharma, Rome, Italy) three times a week, for a total of 8 weeks. Statistical analysis of VHI and VAS scores has been performed by the use of the Wilcoxon signed-rank test for repeated values, assuming a p-value <0.05 as significant. RESULTS: Both Vaginal Health Index (VHI) and Visual Analogic Scale (VAS) of genital symptoms showed statistically significant (p <0.0001) improvements at the end of the study protocol. Patients' degree of satisfaction at the end of treatment was reported as high. CONCLUSIONS: Conventional treatment of the postmenopausal syndrome, either in terms of systemic and genital symptoms, is based on hormonal replacement therapy (HRT). The limitations to this approach are represented by the need to discontinue the treatment after some years and the contraindications that some women present about the estrogens. For these reasons, alternative approaches have been recently investigated and indicate promising perspectives. Hyaluronic acid topical approach with a liquid preparation for vaginal use (Justgin®, Just Pharma, Roma, Italy) to control signs and symptoms of vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) in postmenopausal women demonstrated significant effectiveness both in terms of objective and subjective improvement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4190 - 4195
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Volume20
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Dyspareunia
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Menopause
  • Vaginal dryiness
  • Vulvovaginal atrophy
  • VVA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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