|December 2009 · Vol. 21, No. 12
A guide to lotions and potions
for treating vaginal atrophy
Options for relieving the related itching, dryness, burning, and dyspareunia include a variety of hormonal formulations and nonhormonal alternatives
Local estrogen treatment is recommended over systemic therapy for vaginal atrophy
Because a vaginal lubricant has a short duration of action, it must be applied at the time of intercourse
Lubricants may affect the integrity and function of sperm, even if they do not contain spermicide
Dr. Marshall is a Fellow in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University in Washington, DC.Cheryl
Dr. Iglesia is Director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington Hospital Center and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She serves on the OBG Management Board of Editors.
The authors report no financial relationships relevant to this article.
The authors would like to acknowledge Lauren Melcher, MD, an ObGyn resident at Washington Hospital Center, who contributed to this article.