Amy Palmer, CNM, MSN, provides full-scope midwifery care in a collaborative MD/CNM practice in Aurora, IN.
Lactational Atrophic Vaginitis
Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2010
2003 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 48, Issue 4, pages 282–284, July-August 2003
How to Cite
Palmer, A. R. and Likis, F. E. (2003), Lactational Atrophic Vaginitis. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 48: 282–284. doi: 10.1016/S1526-9523(03)00143-0
- Issue online: 24 DEC 2010
- Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2010
- atrophic vaginitis;
- urogenital atrophy
Atrophic vaginitis is typically associated with the hypoestrogenic state of menopause. However, lactation also decreases estrogen levels and can cause symptomatic urogenital atrophy. Discussion of this clinical phenomenon in the literature is minimal. A case report of atrophic vaginitis at 13 months postpartum is presented. Mechanisms of action, evaluation, and treatments for lactational atrophic vaginitis are reviewed with recommendations for further research on this topic.