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What gynecological conditions should I be aware of if I am over 65?

Angela T. Valle, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
There are a number of common gynecological conditions that you should be aware of if you are age 65 or older. One of these is vaginal atrophy, which causes vaginal dryness and sensitivity. Hot flashes and postmenopausal bleeding are also a concern.

Ten percent of women who have bleeding after menopause will be found to have endometrial (uterine) cancer. It is important to catch any kind of cancer, especially endometrial, early when it is easier to treat and the cure rate is very high. Pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence are other conditions that may require treatment in this age group.

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