Menopause pp 91-107 | Cite as

Genitourinary Syndrome of the Menopause: Vaginal Health and Microbiota

  • Maria Jesús Cancelo-Hidalgo
  • Laura Barrera Coello
Chapter

Abstract

The genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) is a new term that describes various menopausal symptoms and signs including not only genital and sexual symptoms but also urinary symptoms related to a decreased estrogen level in menopause.

Since the GSM may have a negative impact on the quality of life of postmenopausal women, women should be made aware of these problems and treated with an appropriate effective therapy. Thus, in this review we introduce new terminology and discuss the importance and the role played by the vaginal microbiota in the vaginal health.

Keywords

Genitourinary syndrome of the menopause Vaginal atrophy Vaginal microbiota Vaginal health Vaginal atrophy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Jesús Cancelo-Hidalgo
    • 1
  • Laura Barrera Coello
    • 1
  1. 1.Obstetrics and Gynecology DepartmentUniversitary Hospital of Guadalajara (Spain), University of AlcaláMadridSpain

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