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Body Changes in Menopause
iahunny posted:
Five years ago, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and am in the throws of menopause. I have noticed a lot of changes to my body. One in particular that bothers me is a vaginal odor. It doesn't matter if I shower everyday, or not. I do not have any other symptoms of a yeast infection or any other type of infection. Is this something that is common with menopause? If so, what do I do? I've tried feminine hygene sprays and body sprays but nothing seems to help. I am a clean person and this is driving me nuts. Any suggestions? Something I should ask my doctor about?
Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear iahunny,
Do you feel dry vaginally? Many women with vaginal dryness do end up with bacterial infections in the vagina; when vaginal tissue dries out, the "good guy" bacteria of the vagina, the lactobacilli, tend to go away (they like well estrogenized vaginal cells better) and you can end up with an overgrowth of "nastier" bacteria; and the pH of the vagina goes up. You could try an over the counter remedy like repHresh, which will help lower your vaginal pH, and may help the vaginal situation. If that doesn't do the job, you may want to speak with you health care provider about some vaginal estrogens, which would make the environment better for the good lactobacilli, and help keep the nastier bacteria away. There are also vaginal antibiotics available if you have a significant infection. So don't give up, there are treatments available,
Good luck,
Mary Jane

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