How Menopause Impacts Your Vaginal Health

Many women encounter new and uncomfortable issues after hitting menopause, caused by massive hormonal changes within their bodies. That’s why it’s important to have a gynecologist who has experience dealing with these changes. If you’re struggling with symptoms like dryness, itching, and painful intercourse, getting treatment for vaginal atrophy can help you feel more comfortable with your body.

At the OB/GYN practice of Gae Rodke, MD, FACOG, we provide remedial treatment for vaginal atrophy, to gently restore your vaginal health.   

Menopause and vaginal health

For some, menopause is something to be dreaded, while others look forward to a future without periods or pregnancy. Regardless of how you feel about the end of your reproductive cycle, there are some unpleasant side effects you have to face. 

Women often experience symptoms like hot flashes, chills, and weight gain as the most annoying parts of their mid-life change. You might not feel so comfortable discussing the more intimate changes your body goes through, but it’s important so you can get treatment. 

Menopause affects every part of your reproductive system, including your vagina. Discomfort of your vaginal walls is common after menopause, due to the lack of estrogen within the body. This is known as vaginal atrophy. 

Symptoms of vaginal atrophy 

Vulvovaginal atrophy, or postmenopausal atrophic vaginitis, is described as a thinning of the tissues in your vulva and vagina. Estrogen keeps your vaginal walls thick and encourages lubrication of your vulva. After menopause, estrogen levels drop sharply, which can lead to dryness, itchiness, and pain during intercourse.

Other symptoms of vaginal atrophy include: 

Even if you aren’t sexually active, vaginal atrophy can be painful, embarrassing, and uncomfortable. Luckily, you have a number of treatment options. 

Treatment for vaginal atrophy 

An experienced gynecologist can identify signs of inflammation and dryness during a pelvic exam, and a blood test can determine your estrogen levels. Once vaginal atrophy has been diagnosed, you can begin discussing treatment options. 

Hormone replacement therapy replenishes your body’s supply of estrogen, which can reduce inflammation and alleviate your symptoms. 

Dr. Rodke also offers treatments using the MonaLisa Touch® laser system. The procedure uses a small vaginal probe to deliver laser energy directly to your vaginal walls and pelvic floor. The energy stimulates the vaginal tissues, which encourages blood flow, lubrication, and elasticity. Within a few sessions, you may notice a significant improvement in your sex life, bladder control, and overall comfort. 

To learn more about the MonaLisa Touch system and vaginal atrophy, get in touch with Dr. Gae Rodke by calling 212-496-9800, or visit the contact page for more information. 

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