A common , underrecognized, and undertreated process that results from decreased estrogen levels.
It affects almost 50% post menopausal women.
This syndrome can occur in other low estrogen states, such as postpartum, during lactation, and with aromatase inhibitors.
Decreased estrogen levels after menopause lead to the genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), previously known as vulvovaginal atrophy.
Womenâ€™s Health Initiative Trial the administration of oral systemic estrogens increased urinary urgency, but the use a vaginal estrogen diminished urinary urgency and decreased the risk of recurrent urinary track infections.
Also referred to as vulvovaginal atrophy, vaginal atrophy, and atrophic vaginitis.
Involves the vulvar, vaginal and lower urinary tract tissues.
Is a chronic and progressive process and symptomatology resolves only with treatment.
Associated with 59% likelihood of symptoms decreasing sexual activity enjoyment , and 23% reporting adverse affects of general enjoyment of life.