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How is vaginal dryness diagnosed?

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Any burning, itching, or discomfort in the vaginal area warrants a call to your doctor or gynecologist. The doctor will take a health history and find out how long you've been experiencing symptoms and whether anything -- such as douching or taking medication -- seems to worsen them.

Your doctor will then do a pelvic exam, checking your vagina for any thinning or redness. The exam will help rule out other possible causes for your discomfort, including a vaginal or urinary tract infection. The doctor may also do a Pap test to remove and test cells from your vaginal wall or cervix.

SOURCES:

Kendall, A. Dowsett, M. Folkerd, E. and Smith, I. . Published online Jan. 27, 2006. Annals of Oncology

Nothnagle, M. Scott Taylor, J. , 2004; vol 69: pp 2111-2112. American Family Physician

MedlinePlus: "Estrogen Vaginal."

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Management of menopause-related symptoms."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Kendall, A. Dowsett, M. Folkerd, E. and Smith, I. . Published online Jan. 27, 2006. Annals of Oncology

Nothnagle, M. Scott Taylor, J. , 2004; vol 69: pp 2111-2112. American Family Physician

MedlinePlus: "Estrogen Vaginal."

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Management of menopause-related symptoms."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 5, 2019

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