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Menopause Glossary of Terms

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Vaginal dryness: Inadequate lubrication of the vagina that can be caused by low estrogen levels, medication, or lack of sexual arousal.

Vaginal lubricant: A moisturizing product used to treat vaginal dryness.

Very-low-dose birth control: Birth control pills that contain less estrogen than regular birth control pills.

Vitamin D: A vitamin that enables the body to absorb calcium.

Weight-bearing exercise: Exercise during which bones and muscles work against the force of gravity and the feet and legs carry a person's weight. Examples include walking, jogging, and dancing.

Women's health specialist: A doctor specializing in women's health issues.

X-ray: High-energy radiation used in low doses to diagnose diseases and used in high doses to treat cancer. X-rays use high-energy radiation in low doses to create images of the body to help diagnose diseases and determine the extent of injuries.

Yeast infections (vaginal): Infections of the vagina caused by one of the many species of fungus called Candida.

 

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on June 29, 2012

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