Why You Shouldn't Ignore Vaginal Dryness

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Vaginal Dryness

During menopause, you might experience a laundry list of uncomfortable symptoms — some of which might be embarrassing to bring up with your regular doctor. If you’re struggling with vaginal dryness, itching, and other problems associated with vaginal atrophy, a specialist can help you find solutions that you feel comfortable with. 

At the OB/GYN practice of Gae Rodke, MD, FACOG, we can provide gentle, effective treatment for the vaginal dryness and atrophy that often accompany this stage of life. 

What causes vaginal dryness?

Occasional dryness and itching might be caused by hormone fluctuations or irritation, especially after childbirth or stressful events. When this dryness becomes persistent and painful, it should become a cause for concern. 

In older women, chronic dryness is often attributed to menopause. As estrogen levels in the body begin to fall, blood flow to the vaginal walls decreases, causing them to lose elasticity. This is known as vaginal atrophy, and it can lead to a number of symptoms, including: 

Many women experience a loss of interest in sex after menopause, often due to vaginal atrophy. However, this stage of your life doesn’t mean you have to give up sex and live in discomfort. 

How MonaLisa Touch® can help 

Every woman handles menopause differently, and it’s important to consult with your gynecologist about what you’re experiencing and what treatments might improve your quality of life. 

Dr. Rodke uses the MonaLisa Touch laser system to alleviate symptoms of vaginal atrophy, including painful intercourse. During the procedure, a small probe gently heats the vaginal walls using laser energy. This increases circulation to the area, which in turn increases elasticity and lubrication. 

You might notice immediate results after your first few sessions, and regular treatment with the MonaLisa Touch system can improve the efficacy of other treatments, such as hormone replacement therapy. 

Additional steps to take

You can also combat vaginal dryness and atrophy by starting low-dose estrogen treatment, which can be accomplished with a small hormonal pellet implant, a patch, a pill, or a cream. Bumping up your estrogen levels slightly can help ease you through the changes happening in your body, and kickstart the functions that keep your vaginal area elastic and lubricated. 

Also make sure to use plenty of lubrication when engaging in sexual activity, and you’ll find that it works wonders for your comfort.

To learn more about MonaLisa Touch and to discuss your menopause symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rodke. You can get in touch by calling 212-496-9800, or visit the contact page for more information. 

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