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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Menopausal Atrophic Vaginitis Gets A New Name!

Besides sounding a bit horrendous, and also being an extraordinarily confusing term, gynecologists have finally proposed a term that can replace atrophic vaginitis.  The International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health and the North American Menopause Society have rolled out a new term for genital symptoms associated with menopause: genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM). The term has been or will be introduced by David J. Portman, MD, from the Columbus Center for Women's Health Research in Ohio, and colleagues in Climacteric, the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Maturitas , and Menopause. Terminology is everything, and getting the word out will maybe be easier as the groups point out that men don't use the word 'penis' to talk about erectile dysfunction, and thus we shouldn't 'have to use the word vagina' when talking about sex for women. It is still a condition that is untreated in many women although simple treatments like coconut oil and vaginal moisturizersReplens, as it progresses estrogen creams like Estrace, Premarin and vaginal treatments like Estring or the newest medication Osphema. For women with laxity, vaginal dryness, irritation during intercourse and mild incontinence the non-invasive MonaLisa vaginal fractional laser procedure is effective. Other simple therapies may work as well, just treating the surface layer of the vaginal walls is often not as important as addressing the tightness and narrowing of the vaginal which can be treated in a variety of ways, some even say with sex toys!
helps in the early stages, as women progress they may want to try vaginal lubricants like

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