Are you concerned about HRT for the treatment of vaginal dryness and atrophy? Have you ever suffered from this symptom and sought help from your GP? Do you know all the options available to you as a patient? talkhealth are working in collaboration with The YES YES Company to research patient knowledge of treatments for vaginal dryness and atrophy as well as any concerns around the use of HRT for this condition. We have 5 gift boxes of YES organic lubricants and vaginal moisturiser products to give away and one STAR PRIZE of a £50 White Company voucher so please do complete the survey to let us know what you think, for a chance to win!
Vaginal dryness or the more severe vaginal atrophy (VA) can be experienced at any time during a woman’s life, although oestrogen depletion during and after menopause is the most common reason. It can also be caused by premature ovarian failure, treatment for cancer, side effects from medication, the contraceptive pill, diabetes and some auto-immune diseases. Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy and breast feeding can also lead to this distressing condition.
Whatever the cause, it is known that vaginal dryness is under-reported and under-treated. This may partly be due to embarrassment about such a personal issue, but the concerns over the safety of HRT as a result of unfavourable media coverage, may have led many women to suffer in silence.
Associate Specialist Gynaecologist at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary Dr Heather Currie says; “Women need to be aware of VA, to know the signs, and to feel able to seek help and treatment” She goes on to say, “Women need to talk with their clinician if they need advice and it’s important that the discussion they have includes all relevant options, including drug and non-drug treatments”.
Until the 2015 publication of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guideline for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Menopause, which covers vaginal atrophy, there was a lack of evidence-based guidance for GPs. We are interested to know if the publication of the NICE guideline is making a difference to the advice and treatment that women are receiving.
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