Recommendations from the International Menopause Society (IMS) urge doctors to raise the topic of vaginal health with their postmenopausal patients. The recommendations follow recent research, concerning vaginal atrophy (VA), which is experienced by as many as 45 percent of postmenopausal women, only one in four of whom seek medical help. Risk factors for VA include smoking and never having given birth vaginally. Complications of VA include painful intercourse, increased risk of vaginal infection (vaginitis) and increased risk of urinary tract infections.
Source: International Menopause Society