Is estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis serious?

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The thinning (atrophy) of the vaginal tissue that causes symptoms of estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis can increase your risk of infections. This can be very serious, as postmenopausal women with atrophic vulvovaginitis also have a higher risk for contracting infections such as yeast or bacterial vaginal infections and sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, or AIDS. For these reasons women with vulvovaginitis may be encouraged to use condoms during sexual intercourse; however, depending on the cause of the condition, condoms may cause discomfort and worsen symptoms, and may not be needed in a mutually monogamous relationship. Doctors recommend water-based lubricants, as petroleum jelly lubrication can increase risk of infection and irritation, and may jeopardize latex condom integrity if using. The symptoms of estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis can also increase a woman's risk for urinary complications, such as urinary tract infections and trouble urinating.

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Vulvovaginitis

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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