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Can Hypothyroidism Cause Labia Atrophy? - Dr. Goldstein (VIDEO)

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Sexual health expert Dr. Goldstein from San Diego Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital explains if hypothyroidism causes labia atrophy.

Dr. Goldstein:
Well, the issue with hormones is that hormones all act the same way. They get into the cells, they join with their receptors, they go to the nucleus and they make proteins. So proteins are required for tissue health, tissue structure and tissue function.

So women who have hormonal deficiencies, one of which could be hypothyroidism, could certainly have genital structural changes, one of which could be less functional labia, but the hormone deficiency that more traditionally represents low sized labia would be an estrodyle deficiency as classic in perimenopause and menopause.

We use the word "agglutination" to mean coming what, and unfortunately agglutination when applied to women means the labia minora sort of lose their existence and become part of the labia majora and that phrase is called agglutination.

The classic observation of agglutination of the labia minora is one that is more traditionally seen in menopause.

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