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Vaginal dryness and atrophy is a common condition that affects approximately 40% of perimenopausal women and 55% of postmenopausal women. While most menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats last only for a few years, symptoms of vaginal dryness and atrophy often persist for decades after menopause. As the production of estrogen decreases with menopause, local genital tissues become dry and thin, which in turn leads to vaginal atrophy or atrophic vaginitis (inflammation of the mucosa). Vaginal dryness and atrophy is usually associated with symptoms of itching, discomfort, decreased elasticity of local tissues, painful intercourse, and increased risk of injury and infection with intercourse. In addition, vaginal dryness and atrophy will also affect urinary functions, causing symptoms such as irritation, dyspareunia, and dysuria. Vaginal dryness and atrophy presents physical as well as emotional challenges, as pain, injuries, and infections associated with intercourse discourage sexual activities and may cause a strain on personal relationships. In summary, this condition greatly affects the quality of life for women, and is a medical condition that requires effective treatment.
Vaginal dryness and atrophy is a painful condition that affects the physical and emotional health of women during perimenopausal and postmenopausal time periods. Unlike most other menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats, which last only for a few months to years, vaginal dryness and atrophy generally persists for decades after menopause. Therefore, treatment is essential to improve quality of life.
In Western medicine, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is long considered the standard treatment for menopause and its related conditions. However, there is no longer a consensus as to when and how to use these drugs. While these drugs may alleviate hot flashes and vaginal dryness, they significantly increase the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, stroke, heart attack, and have a number of significant side effects. For most physicians and patients, the risks are simply far greater than the potential benefits. The bottom line: synthetic hormones can never replace endogenous hormones. Therefore, no matter how or when they are prescribed, the potential for adverse reactions is always present.
Traditional Chinese medicine offers a gentle yet effective way to address menopause and its related conditions. Chinese herbs have demonstrated via numerous in vivo and in vitrostudies to have marked effects to alleviate vaginal dryness and atrophy, hot flashes, vasomotor instability, loss of bone mass, and other conditions associated with menopause. Most importantly, they are much gentler and safer on the body.
Menopause is simply a transition in the journey of life. It is not a disease, and therefore, should not be treated with synthetic drugs that pose significant risks of cancer and other side effects. Herbs should be considered the primary option, and not the secondary alternative, as they are safe and natural, and more than sufficient to address almost all cases of menopause.
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