It can feel embarrassing to talk about vaginal itchiness and dryness, but these conditions are not uncommon in women going through their menopause transition. A drop in hormone levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone can lead to what is medically called Vulvar and Vaginal Atrophy (VVA), or genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM).
VVA/GSM is described as the thinning, drying, and inflammation of the vaginal wall. The vaginal tissue also becomes less elastic and more fragile, the results of which can be itchiness and dryness.
Vaginal atrophy is often accompanied by urinary symptoms and can significantly affect your quality of life, worsening with age if not managed. There is no reason you should have to suffer such discomfort as you proceed through the menopause transition. Learn more about the causes of vaginal itchiness and dryness and how it’s diagnosed, and discover the right treatment for you.