Vaginal Atrophy

Understanding Postmenopause

Understanding Postmenopause:

Knowledge is the first step.

There are a lot of changes happening in your body after menopause. Hot flashes and night sweats were anticipated, but there are also other symptoms that aren’t talked about as much. Symptoms like painful sex, burning, itching, dryness, and painful urination can actually be due to something called vulvar and vaginal atrophy (or VVA).

What is VVA & how is it treated?

What is VVA & how is it treated?

"Vulvar and vaginal atrophy" may sound intimidating, but it's actually fairly common. It occurs when estrogen in the body decreases due to menopause, which causes vaginal walls to become dry and thin. Up to 40% of postmenopausal women experience symptoms of VVA. But there's help: some of the vaginal symptoms - specifically if they are moderate or severe - could be treated with Estring.

Estring may help to relieve moderate to severe symptoms of vaginal atrophy such as:

  • Painful sex
  • Vaginal burning
  • Itching in or around the vagina
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful urination

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms after menopause, ask your doctor if Estring can help.

Getting Familiar with the information

Getting Familiar

with the information

There’s a lot of information out there to sift through. Understanding the medical terms is a big step in taking control of how you see VVA and treating it. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the key terms and phrases you may hear in discussions about Estring® (estradiol vaginal ring) 2 mg and VVA, for you to explore at your own pace here:

Learning the Language


A variety of hormone chemical compounds produced by the ovaries, influencing the growth and health of female reproductive organs. Estrogen levels fall after menopause. Several types of estrogen therapies are available for menopause indications.

Vulvar and Vaginal Atrophy (or VVA):

The thinning, drying, and inflammation of vaginal walls due to lack of estrogen after menopause.


The medical term for vaginal pain during intercourse.


The medical term for pain, burning, or discomfort with urination.

Vaginal Estrogen Therapy:

General term describing a range of estrogen types that are available in vaginal prescription drugs.

If your vaginal symptoms after menopause are moderate to severe, there could be an option.