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AYURVEDIC INTREVENTION IN THE MANAGEMENT OF SENILE VAGINITIS - A CASE REVIEW
*Dr. Prasanna V. N. and Dr. Sujata Kadam
Senile or atrophic vaginitis is an inflammation or irritation of the vagina. It is a non-specific vaginitis and occurs due to a variety of reasons but mainly take place after menopause. The low level of oestrogen after menopause decreases the immunity of the vaginal walls and the mucosa is unable to resist infections by pathogenic organisms. The main symptoms of senile vaginitis are vaginal irritation, dryness, pain, burning sensation, yellowish or blood stained vaginal discharge. In Ayurveda it can be considered as Shushka yonivyapath and in which Vata gets vitiated due to suppression of natural urges during intercourse and this vitiated Vata produces dryness and severe pain in the vagina. It can be managed by snehana, swedana and utharavasthy in the form of yonipooranam (vaginal filling with medicated oil).. This is a case of a lady aged 65yrs having senile vaginitis, who came to the OPD of Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda College, Ollur, Thrissur, with severe unbearable pain in the vagina along with burning micturition since one year. She was treated at IP level at Prasutitantra and Streeroga department for 2weeks and she got complete relief from the complaints.[Full Text Article]