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What is the treatment for thinning vaginal walls?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

To check for thinning vaginal walls, take a handheld mirror, and observe the color inside the opening of your vagina. Deep pink signifies healthy vaginal tissue, whereas pale or very light coloring can mean fragile vaginal mucosa. If you think you have a problem, see your gynecologist, who will examine the entire inside of the vagina with a speculum. Remember, even if you’re not exhibiting symptoms, you still need to visit your gynecologist once a year for routine checkups.

Treatment for thinning vaginal walls includes estrogen creams or tablets that can be inserted directly into the vagina; an estrogen patch you can change weekly; or a vaginal estrogen ring made of rubber or silicone, which can be kept in the vagina for three months. For an alternative to estrogen therapy, try moisturizing the vagina with a little olive oil.

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