Vaginal atrophy atrophic vaginitis is thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls that may occur when your body has less estrogen. Vaginal atrophy occurs most often after menopause. For many women, vaginal atrophy not only makes intercourse painful but also leads to distressing urinary symptoms. Because the condition causes both vaginal and urinary symptoms, doctors use the term "genitourinary syndrome of menopause GSM " to describe vaginal atrophy and its accompanying symptoms.
Jump to navigation. Vaginal hysterectomies are the most minimally invasive approach available for hysterectomy since they are performed through a natural route with no external incisions. At the Pavilion for Women we believe that a vaginal approach for hysterectomy should be considered for all women, and performed when feasible. Vaginal hysterectomies offer a safer, proven alternative with numerous patient benefits compared to traditional open surgery, and all types of laparoscopic hysterectomy. An open abdominal hysterectomy requires a large abdominal incision. A single-site laparoscopic hysterectomy is completed through a medium-sized incision at the navel.
A complete hysterectomy is different from a partial or subtotal hysterectomy, which is when the surgeon removes only the top portion of the uterus but does not remove the cervix. Hysterectomies are one of the most commonly performed surgeries for women in the United States. Doctors might recommend a complete hysterectomy in cases when a woman has ovarian, cervical, endometrial or uterine cancer.
The vagina is the fundamental female reproductive organ that connects the uterus with the outer genitals. It is thin muscular tube of the female genitals through which the baby passes out during delivery. Vaginal cancer can occur anywhere on the canal from the opening of the uterus to the outer genitals. It often occurs in the soft lining of the vagina.