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New name for symptoms associated with menopause

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September 2, 2014
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Experts who reviewed the terminology associated with genitourinary tract symptoms related to menopause -- currently referred to as vulvovaginal atrophy -- have agreed that the term genitourinary syndrome of menopause is a medically more accurate, all-encompassing, and a more publicly acceptable term.

Experts who reviewed the terminology associated with genitourinary tract symptoms related to menopause -- currently referred to as vulvovaginal atrophy -- have agreed that the term genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) is a medically more accurate, all-encompassing, and a more publicly acceptable term.

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Their thoughts are published in a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine article.

Going forward, GSM will encompass a collection of symptoms and signs associated with a decrease in estrogen and other sex steroids and may include genital symptoms of dryness, burning, and irritation; sexual symptoms of lack of lubrication, discomfort or pain, and impaired function; and urinary symptoms of urgency, dysuria and recurrent urinary tract infections.


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  1. David J. Portman, Margery L.S. Gass. Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause: New Terminology for Vulvovaginal Atrophy from the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health and The North American Menopause Society. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2014; DOI: 10.1111/jsm.12686

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