Vaginal Atrophy Specialist

Gae Rodke, MD, FACOG

Gynecology & Aesthetics located in Upper West Side, New York, NY

Between 10-40% of women experience symptoms of vaginal atrophy after menopause, including painful intercourse, decreased vaginal lubrication, and burning sensations in the vagina. To find relief from these symptoms and regain pleasure from sex, see Gae Rodke, MD, FACOG, PLLC, on the Upper West Side of New York City. Dr. Rodke has more than 30 years of experience providing personalized and intimate care to women of all ages. To schedule a consultation, call or click to book online today.

Vaginal Atrophy Q & A

What is vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy, also called atrophic vaginitis, is a condition that causes the walls of the vagina to become thinner, dryer, and inflamed. It is caused by a decrease in estrogen which most often happens after menopause. Vaginal atrophy can happen sooner in women who’ve had a hysterectomy or other pelvic surgery.

What are the symptoms of vaginal atrophy?

Without proper levels of estrogen in your vaginal area, you can experience any of these symptoms:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Burning sensation
  • Changes in your vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal itching
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal bleeding after sex
  • Painful intercourse
  • Reduced vaginal lubrication during sex
  • Shortening and tightening of the vaginal canal

Vaginal atrophy can increase your risk of developing urinary tract infections.

How is vaginal atrophy diagnosed?

Since vaginal atrophy typically happens after menopause, Dr. Rodke screens all of her female patients who are middle-aged and older for signs of the condition. Dr. Rodke can order blood work to determine your estrogen levels.

She also discusses your symptoms with you and performs a pelvic exam to confirm your diagnosis and assess your vaginal area for signs of dryness and discomfort.

How is vaginal atrophy treated?

Dr. Rodke uses the MonaLisa Touch® laser system to improve blood flow to the vaginal tissues for increased lubrication and tissue elasticity. When the procedure is performed, Dr. Rodke inserts a small probe inside your vagina and applies laser energy to the tissues for five minutes. You might notice comfortable warming or tingling sensations in your vagina during the procedure.

After the procedure, you can return to your everyday activities. Several sessions could be recommended depending on the severity of your symptoms.

As the laser gently heats your vaginal tissues, the laser energy is absorbed by the cells in your vaginal walls. This triggers a cascade of cellular responses. First, blood flow to the tissues increases, providing more lubrication to the area. As blood flow increases, your vaginal tissues become better hydrated for greater elasticity, which reduces tension in your pelvic floor.

MonaLisa Touch can be used with other treatments to reduce symptoms of vaginal atrophy, including hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Rodke works with you to improve your comfort during sex and allow for greater confidence and satisfaction with your body.

To schedule a consultation for vaginal atrophy, call or book online with Dr. Rodke now.