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What are the symptoms of vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA)?

With moderate to severe vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA), the following vaginal and urinary symptoms may occur:

  • vaginal dryness
  • vaginal burning
  • vaginal discharge
  • genital itching
  • burning with urination
  • urgency with urination
  • more urinary tract infections
  • urinary incontinence
  • light bleeding after intercourse
  • discomfort with intercourse
  • decreased vaginal lubrication during sexual activity
  • shortening and tightening of the vaginal canal

Women should not assume that all vaginal changes during midlife are from low estrogen levels and VVA. Women should alert their healthcare provider with any vaginal and urinary symptoms.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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