What is estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis?

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Estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis is characterized by an inflammation of the vagina and vulva caused by a lack of estrogen hormones. The vulva can be defined as the external portions of the vagina, including the inner and outer lips (labia majora and labia minora), the vaginal opening and the area surrounding it (vestibule), the urinary opening, and the skin between the vagina and the anus (perineum). Because estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis is due to the thinning (atrophy) of the vaginal walls resulting from a lack of estrogen, it is also known as atrophic vulvovaginitis. Estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis is most common in postmenopausal women. Although atrophic vulvovaginitis can cause irritation, itching, and a slight vaginal discharge, it can be treated with estrogen medication or lubricants.

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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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