Can Discharge from Vaginal Atrophy Resemble Cervical Mucus?

Can Discharge from Vaginal Atrophy Resemble Cervical Mucus?

Is cervical mucus even present when there’s vaginal atrophy?

Atrophic vaginitis (vaginal atrophy) is the result of menopause, when a woman’s estrogen levels drop so much that her vagina literally dries out or loses its natural lubricant.

According to, one of the possible symptoms of moderate to severe vaginal atrophy is “vaginal discharge.” Does this resemble cervical mucous?

“The answer is absolutely no,” says Dr. Gino Tutera, an OB/GYN and specialist in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Dr. Tutera explains, “Cervical mucous is quite different than the natural moisture from a normally functioning vagina. Cervical mucous consistency varies considerably based on the woman’s level of estrogen. Vaginal atrophy is caused by lack of estrogen, so there will be very little, if any, cervical mucous.”





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Is Heavy Bleeding Normal During Menopause?

If you’re bleeding heavy and you know you’re also going through menopause, don’t delay in seeing a doctor.
I asked Dr. Gino Tutera, an OB/GYN and specialist in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, if heavy bleeding was normal during menopause. I found this question in a woman’s health forum and it had a lot of views.

“No,” says Dr. Tutera. “But this is the answer if the woman is fully into menopause as evidenced by laboratory testing or having no menses for a full year.”

Heavy Bleeding During Menopause

If you’re bleeding from your cycle, then this contradicts going through menopause, as by definition, menopause is the end of menstruation. So if you’re going through menopause but experiencing heavy bleeding—the cause is certainly not your cycle—and you’d better get this checked out.

But are you sure you’re going through menopause in the first place?

A woman, close to the beginning of menopause, may go several months without a period. Then she starts bleeding heavily—another period. However, if the bleeding doesn’t resemble menstruation, maybe you are in menopause. As mentioned, lab testing (blood test) can show if a woman is in menopause.

“During the transition into full menopause it is very common to have significant variations in the timing of periods and amount of bleeding,” says Dr. Tutera. “The ovaries are just not functioning consistently from day to day.”

What could heavy bleeding during menopause be caused by?

First off, it would have nothing to do with “the change.” Causes include: benign uterine or cervical polyps, endometrial thinning, endometrial thickening, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer, and uterine or cervical infection. This list of causes, including the cancers, is not complete.




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How Can Periomenopause Cause Unexplained Anxiety, Feelings of Doom?

What’s going on with the hormones of periomenopause that may cause anxiety in a woman?
“These feelings are primarily due to lack of testosterone,” says Dr. Gino Tutera, an OB/GYN and specialist in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Periomenopause Can Cause Anxiety

Yes, younger women naturally product the “male hormone” testosterone, but in general, the amount is only one-tenth of what a man normally produces. This is why women do not have the capacity to naturally develop the musculature that men can.

Dr. Tutera continues, “With the loss of ovarian function (menopause), a woman loses at least half of her normal production of testosterone.”


Is there a natural and safe way to get some of this testosterone back?

YES. As a fitness expert and former certified personal trainer for a health club, I recommend that women suffering the anxiety and feelings of doom associated with periomenopause take up the following exercises, which boost circulating levels of testosterone:

High intensity interval training

Intense and heavy deadlifts, back squats, leg presses, bench presses, kettlebell swings, overhead presses, and if available, tractor tire flipping (as depicted in the above image) and sled pushing/pulling.

These exercises cause a chemical chain reaction in the body that culminates in elevated levels of testosterone. But there’s a catch: The training must be intense, heavy and fierce.

Will this result in your body looking like a man’s? Remember, testosterone production drops during periomenopause. There is absolutely NO way that any kind of exercise could skyrocket a woman’s testosterone levels—especially during periomenopause—to match that of a man’s.
But the boosted production WILL have a youth-promoting effect, as this chemical messenger is a so-called youth hormone.

Something else needs mention, when it comes to anxiety, depression and feelings of doom and gloom as periomenopause gets underway. Some of this anxiety and the blues could simply be the result of knowing that periomenopause has arrived. To some women, it signals bad things, namely, the aging process, or the loss of youth and vitality.

Now here’s a fair question, ladies: Is it possible to feel depressed and gloomy about “the loss of youth” concurrent with the ability to pick something heavy off the ground or lift something heavy overhead? In other words, train hard at the gym. Get back some youth by getting strong and losing body fat. Fight periomenopause with intense and heavy strength training!




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