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What medicine treats vaginal atrophy other than estrogen cream?

Farzanna S. Haffizulla, MD
Internal Medicine

There are hormonal and non-hormonal options for treating vaginal atrophy. The hormonal options include mainly estrogen that may be in cream , tablet or ring forms. The non-hormonal options are:

  1. Vaginal moisturizers, both water and non-water based
  2. Vaginal dilators: these improve the pliabilty and elasticity of the vaginal canal
  3. Regular sexual activity
  4. Smoking cessation
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Vaginal atrophy can be treated with vaginal dilators -- available in different widths and sizes -- to help improve the elasticity and pliability of the vagina. Treatment usually involves five minutes of daily use with a lubricant. Be sure to discuss this treatment with your gynecologist before it.

Your pelvic floor -- just like your biceps -- is made of muscle. Sex on a regular basis actually helps keep your vagina in shape. Kegel exercises help, too.

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