How is estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis diagnosed?

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Doctors must be careful when diagnosing a case of estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis, both because of its similarity to other vulvovaginitis types and the possible fragility of the vaginal tissue it causes. Your doctor may perform a pelvic exam, in which your vagina will be checked for symptoms of estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis, including inflammation, loss of pubic hair, and cracks or sores in your vaginal wall. Serum hormonal tests can also be performed, in which your doctor examines your hormone levels to rule out other causes of vulvovaginitis. A Pap smear can also check vaginal pH levels and if yours is higher than 5, estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis will be suspected. Finally, your doctor can perform an ultrasound to check the thickness of your uterine walls. The lack of estrogen in atrophic vulvovaginitis causes the uterine walls to shrink, which can be a good indication of this type of vulvovaginitis.

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Vulvovaginitis

Vulvovaginitis refers to numerous types of infections that can affect the vulva and vaginal area. Causes of vulvovaginitis include yeast, bacteria, parasites STDs and other viruses. If you have symptoms of vulvovaginitis like odor...

, discharge, itching, rash or pain in the vagina, you should call your doctor. You will want to make sure that you are treated for this condition, as it does not always go away on its own.
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