Atrophic vaginitis, vaginismus and vaginal stenosis all refer to narrowing of the vaginal canal, which can lead to pain during intercourse, the insertion of tampons or medical pelvic examinations. Each of these conditions has different causes and treatments. You should consult your doctor if you are having painful sexual intercourse or other symptoms that make you suspect you may have vaginitis, vaginismus and vaginal stenosis. In addition, the Urology Health Store has products that may help alleviate the symptoms of these painful and sometimes embarrassing conditions.
Although the three conditions have similar symptoms, they have different causes. Atrophic vaginitis, also known as vaginal atrophy, is caused by a reduction of estrogen in a woman's body and can cause inflammation as well as thinning and drying of the vaginal walls. Although this condition may occur at any time, it is more common among postmenopausal women.
Vaginismus refers to a condition where a woman's vagina tightens when a foreign object enters it, causing pain. Researchers are unsure of the cause, but effects can range from mild discomfort to extreme pain.
Vaginal stenosis is caused by scar tissue that has built up within the vagina. Causes include pelvic irradiation. This condition can create blockages as well as bleeding and pain.
If you or someone you know suffers from one or more of these problems, help is available. In addition to consulting with your physician, you can take advantage of an array of affordably priced products from the Urology Health Store. These include Pjur Med vaginal moisturizers and lubricants that add necessary moisture to vaginal tissue. These products are recommended by urologists and gynecologostists for treatment of atrphic vaginitis.
We also carry Soul Source vaginal dilator sets for vaginismus, or involuntary spasms of pelvic floor muscles surrounding the vagina. Made in the U.S., these sets include progressively sized dilators designed by a gynecologist and sexual therapists.