Vaginal discomfort is, well, uncomfortable. When you have vaginal dryness or discomfort, intercourse can be exceedingly painful, both during and afterward. If this is the case, you may have removed intercourse from your life altogether. The good news is there are options to help you.
Why Do I Have Vaginal Dryness?
One out of every three women going through menopause experience vaginal dryness. This is due to the reduced estrogen produced by your ovaries. Dryness, laxity, and thinner vaginal walls, a condition referred to as vaginal atrophy, become even more common after menopause.
Your estrogen levels might decrease due to other conditions as well. Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can deplete levels of estrogen. Cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy can also greatly reduce estrogen levels. Certain medications that treat uterine fibroids or endometriosis can also impact your estrogen production.
Vaginal Atrophy Treatment Options
Any burning, itching or discomfort in your vagina is worth a call to our office. Whatever the reason for your vaginal discomfort, consider your treatment options. When you come to see us, we will talk about your symptoms and run applicable tests to help determine the cause. We will check to see if you have any thinning or redness. Once we rule out infection and disease, we’ll create a plan to treat your vaginal discomfort.
One treatment for vaginal dryness is topical estrogen therapy. This will increase the estrogen levels in your vagina to decrease your specific vaginal pain. If you are interested in hormone replacement therapy, we recommend natural estrogen pills or patches.
Another treatment option is the MonaLisa Touch®. This painless CO2 laser targets the vaginal mucosa, rejuvenating the vaginal wall. Within three five-minute treatments, your vagina will feel renewed with the production of new collagen. This treatment is nonsurgical and nonpharmacological, providing an easier way to ease the discomforts of vaginal atrophy.
You may also want to consider how you approach your partner about your vaginal pain. Having painful intercourse can make women associate intercourse with pain. To break this cycle, you may want to try other ways to be intimate. Talk to your partner about other ways to be intimate, possibly without penetration.
Whatever you choose, we will help you through the process. If one option doesn’t work for you, we will try something else until your vaginal discomfort dissipates.