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Mayo Clin Proc. 2017 Mar;92(3):449-454. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2016.10.031.

Vulvovaginal Issues in Mature Women.

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1
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Electronic address: marnach.mary@mayo.edu.
2
Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Abstract

Mature women often present with symptomatic vulvovaginal atrophy and vulvar dermatoses, causing noncoital pain, dyspareunia, and sexual changes. Diagnosis of these conditions can be challenging, and long-term management is required to decrease morbidity and enhance quality of life. Vaginal estrogen therapies remain safe and effective for treating symptomatic vulvovaginal atrophy. A vulvar biopsy is easy to perform and generally well tolerated when indicated for the diagnosis of lichen simplex chronicus, lichen sclerosus, and lichen planus. Therapy with moderate- to high-potency corticosteroids is effective for these frequently debilitating conditions.

PMID:
28259230
DOI:
10.1016/j.mayocp.2016.10.031
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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