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J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012 Jan;21(1):4-9. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2011.2803. Epub 2011 Oct 14.

Gynecologic issues in geriatric women.

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53715, USA.


The number of women over the age of 65 is projected to almost double in the next 20 years, and clinicians need to be comfortable treating conditions common to this cohort. This review covers several common gynecologic conditions seen in older women, including atrophic vaginitis, lichen sclerosis, pelvic floor disorders, and postmenopausal bleeding. We conclude with evidence-based screening recommendations for gynecologic cancers in older women and tips on doing a pelvic examination.

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