Postmenopausal atrophic vaginitis, or vaginal atrophy, is the thinning of the walls of the vagina caused by decreased estrogen levels. This most commonly occurs after menopause.Author: Sandy Calhoun Rice. Vaginal atrophy is the medical term that refers to the thinning of the wall of the vagina that occurs during menopause (the time when menstrual periods have ceased) in women. Prior to menopause, the vaginal lining appears plump, bright red, and moist. As estrogen levels decline, the lining of the vagina becomes thinner, drier, light pink to bluish in color, and less elastic.
Thinning vaginal lining (symptom description): Thinning vaginal lining is listed as a type of or related-symptom for symptom Vaginal symptoms. To check for thinning vaginal walls, take a handheld mirror, and observe the color inside the opening of your vagina. Deep pink signifies healthy vaginal tissue, whereas pale or very light coloring can mean fragile vaginal mucosa. If you think you have a problem, see your gynecologist, who will examine the entire inside of the vagina with a speculum.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the definition of vaginal atrophy is thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to a decline in estrogen. Vaginal atrophy occurs most often after menopause.