Age-related vaginal symptoms tied to worse quality of life

November 30, 2018

(HealthDay)—Severe vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) symptoms are associated with worse quality of life in postmenopausal women, according to a study published online Nov. 12 in Menopause.

Rossella E. Nappi, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Pavia in Italy, and colleagues assessed the relationship between VVA symptoms and quality of life among .

The researchers found that of the 2,160 evaluable , 66.3 percent had severe vaginal symptoms, 30.5 percent had severe vulvar symptoms, and 11.2 percent had severe urinary symptoms. Gynecological examination confirmed VVA in more than 90 percent of the participants. For both EuroQol-EQ-5D-3L and Day-to-Day Impact of Vaginal Aging, the overall scores as well as most of the dimensions and components were significantly worse for women with severe VVA symptoms (vulvar and urinary) versus women without severe symptoms. Furthermore, scores for quality-of-life questionnaires were worse for women with confirmed VVA.

"This important effect on the of many women should be recognized as equivalent to those from other conditions and pathologies of which there is greater awareness," the authors write.

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