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Atrophic vaginitis signs, symptoms, and better outcomes

Reimer, Annabelle MN, BScN, RN; Johnson, Laura MN, BN, RN, ENP

Nurse Practitioner:
doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000391175.25008.ae
Feature: WOMEN'S HEALTH: CE Connection
Abstract

Atrophic vaginitis is a common finding in women with low estrogen states. Many women believe their symptoms are expected signs of aging. NPs can provide therapeutic options to improve vaginal health and quality of life. This article reviews physiology, clinical manifestations, signs, symptoms, and treatment methods for atrophic vaginitis.

In Brief

Atrophic vaginitis is a common finding in women with low estrogen states. Many women believe their symptoms are expected signs of aging, but NPs are in a position to provide therapeutic options for improved vaginal health and quality of life. This article reviews physiology, clinical manifestations, signs, symptoms, and treatment methods of atrophic vaginitis.

Author Information

Laura Johnson is an emergency nurse practitioner at the Health Sciences Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Annabelle Reimer is a primary health care nurse and Lundar Health Centre, Lundar, Manitoba, Canada.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant interest in or financial relationship with any commercial companies that pertain to this educational activity.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.