What happens in vaginal atrophy?

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Atrophy is the most common cause of painful intercourse after menopause. When estrogen levels remain low, the rugae flatten and may disappear altogether. Secretions dry up. The vagina becomes shorter, narrower, dryer, and less stretchy. While many women have no symptoms at all, others experience vulvo-vaginal irritation or dryness. Still others are unable to tolerate vaginal penetration or intercourse.

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Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause

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