Can Vaginal Atrophy Be Reversed?

Can Vaginal Atrophy Be Reversed?

Vaginal atrophy treatments

Healthcare providers usually treat this condition with a combination of over-the-counter medications and hormonal therapy.

Common over-the-counter vaginal atrophy treatments are vaginal moisturizers (like K-Y Liquibeads, Replens, and Sliquid) and water-based lubricants (like Astroglide, K-Y Jelly, Sliquid, and more).

If these options don’t work, your doctor may recommend another treatment option like:

Vaginal estrogen

Your medical provider may prescribe topical estrogen to control vaginal atrophy. Topical estrogen is more effective at lower doses than oral estrogen. Also, the topical treatment can provide direct relief. Vaginal estrogen can come in the form of a ring, cream, or insertable suppository. 

Osphena (Ospemifene)

If you’re experiencing pain during sex, this daily pill can provide relief.

Intrarosa (Prasterone)

Your doctor may prescribe this vaginal insert, which delivers hormones directly to your vagina to help relieve vaginal atrophy symptoms. 

Systemic estrogen therapy

If you’re experiencing vaginal dryness in addition to other menopausal symptoms, your doctor might recommend estrogen patches, pills, or gel to increase your hormone levels and reverse vaginal atrophy.

Vaginal dilators

This device stretches the vaginal muscles to reverse narrowing of the vagina. These are available without a prescription. 

Lidocaine

Lidocaine is a topical numbing medicine used to lessen pain during sex and relieve symptoms of vaginal atrophy.