Vaginal dryness, itching, irritation, and/or pain with sexual intercourse (know as dyspareunia) are common symptoms associated with vaginal atrophy. Changes in the vagina can also lead to an increased risk of various vaginal infections.
Vaginal atrophy is how medically we describe the thinning of the wall of the vagina that occurs during menopause
which is officially pronounced after the ceasing of periods for more than 12 months. Whilst the normal condition of the vagina is moist, red and plump, once oestrogen levels decline, the lining of the vagina becomes thinner, light pink to bluish in colour, drier, and less elastic. The change starts to occur in peri menopause and is usually evident in those who have finished menopause which is called post menopause.