Is cervical mucous even present when there’s vaginal atrophy?
Atrophic vaginitis (vaginal atrophy) is the result of menopause, when a woman’s estrogen levels drop so much that her vagina literally dries out or loses its natural lubricant.
According to Mayoclinic.com, one of the possible symptoms of moderate to severe vaginal atrophy is “vaginal discharge.” Does this resemble cervical mucous?
“The answer is absolutely no,” says Dr. Gino Tutera, an OB/GYN and specialist in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Dr. Tutera explains, “Cervical mucous is quite different than the natural moisture from a normally functioning vagina.
“Cervical mucous consistency varies considerably based on the woman’s level of estrogen.
“Vaginal atrophy is caused by lack of estrogen, so there will be very little, if any, cervical mucous.”
Dr. Tutera initially specialized in obstetrics and gynecology and then moved on to treating hormonal imbalances in women. He passed away in 2015.
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