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Postmenopausal Vaginal Atrophy

Postmenopausal vaginal atrophy, or PVA, is a common and commonly underreported condition that affects about half of all menopausal women. It can lead to pelvic discomfort and limit a woman’s ability to engage in sexual activity. Unfortunately, only a fraction of women seek help for their symptoms, often due to embarrassment or social stigmas.

“EpiCast Report: Postmenopausal Vagina Atrophy – Epidemiology Forecast to 2022,” a recently added report by Research and Markets, takes an exhaustive look at this problem and includes a 10-year forecast of PVA. According to the report, cultural and social attitudes regarding modesty and sexuality may be largely to blame for women suffering PVA in silence. More than 31 million women suffered from PVA in 2012.

According to the report, this number will swell to more than 26 million just over the next decade as the population continues to age.

After menopause, the decreased production of estrogen can lead to weakened bladder and pelvic floor muscles and thinning tissues in the vagina. Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal discomfort, discomfort during urination and pain during intercourse are all commonly related to PVA and menopause. Although the hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats generally decrease after period cessation, many women continue to suffer from post-vaginal atrophy, which can significantly disrupt their lives.

They may believe their discomfort is related to aging, or they may be uncomfortable having open discussions about their sexuality with their health care professionals. However, treatment can help alleviate the discomfort.

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