Vaginal Atrophy is a medical term to describe a variety of physical symptoms that result from reduced estrogen levels in the female body (it usually occurs during natural menopause but is likely to occur after hysterectomy or with certain cancer treatments). Classic symptoms are drying and inflammation of the vagina, urinary symptoms, and painful intercourse.
Recently, a group of MDs and PhDs conducted a study and published an article entitled, “The Burden of Vulvovaginal Atrophy on Women’s Daily Living. Implications on Quality of Life From a Face-to-face Real-life Survey.” During the study, about 2100 women aged 45-75 were evaluated and were questioned on everything from vaginal dryness to anxiety to self-body image to daily activities and emotional well-being. Researchers wanted to know how severe certain symptoms were and how they were affecting quality of life.
The results were compiled and put through different numerical formulas to get a score for each a category. The results are, in my opinion, not surprising in the least. Women who had more severe physical symptoms of vaginal atrophy had worse scores for emotional well-being, self-concept/body image, and daily activities. This means that ladies who are struggling with the physical symptoms of vaginal atrophy have a lower quality of life than those who have no or only slightly bothersome symptoms.
The study concludes that women are greatly affected by their menopausal symptoms. It’s important that we, as doctors and practitioners, need to take a woman’s complaints seriously. We need to be administering safe, bio-identical estrogen when appropriate, and we need to be talking to cancer survivors (or those who cannot safely take estrogen) about MonaLisa Touch, which is a non-hormonal way to significantly reduce or eliminate vaginal atrophy symptoms. We want you to feel good again and have a great quality of life!
Rossella E. Nappi, MD, PhD, et all. “The Burden of Vulvovaginal Atrophy on Women’s Daily Living. Implications on Quality of Life From a Face-to-face Real-life Survey.” Medscape. 2019. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/912408_5