What causes age-related vaginal changes?
Just like any other part of your body, the vagina is affected by the aging process and the shifting levels of hormones.
As women age, reduced levels of estrogen production leads to the thinning of the vaginal walls, decreased lubrication, elasticity and flexibility, and even tissue inflammation. Decreased estrogen production also results in an increase in vaginal pH, making the area less acidic.
As women move through the decades, it's not just the appearance of their vagina that transforms. The way it functions and feels day by day also changes.
A condition associated with the loss of estrogen after menopause is atrophic vaginitis. This condition can include vaginal discharge and redness of the vagina.
However, there are different possible causes for vaginal changes, so you should not automatically assume that reduced estrogen levels are the reason for these changes.
In some cases, vaginal surgery is the best option to treat serious medical conditions affecting the vagina.