What is Vaginal Atrophy?
Vaginal dryness or vulvar dryness can occur at almost any age, and is most often associated with the onset of menopause.
Vaginal dryness can also result from a number of different causes, and it may seem like a relatively unimportant issue at first. However, dryness in women can have an important and negative effect on their sexual intimacy, as well as impacting their couple life.
The term vaginal atrophy is used to describe the combination of vaginal dryness with associated urinary troubles. For many women, vaginal atrophy not only makes intercourse painful, but also leads to distressing urinary symptoms.
With the combination of the vaginal and urological issues associated with this condition, the terminology “genitourinary syndrome of menopause” is also employed in discussion of a lack of vaginal lubrication due to aging.
Simple, effective treatments for genitourinary syndrome of menopause — vaginal atrophy and its urinary symptoms — are available. Reduced estrogen levels result in changes to your body, but it doesn’t mean you have to live with the discomfort of GSM.
The Causes of Vaginal Dryness
During menopause, estrogen production slows and then stops. When that happens, a number of changes happen in a woman’s body, including reduced natural lubrication in the vagina—female lubrication problems.
Normally, the walls of the vagina stay lubricated with a thin layer of clear fluid. The hormone estrogen helps maintain that fluid and keeps the lining of the vagina healthy, thick, and elastic.
During menopause, reduced estrogen levels impact the amount of moisture available. It also makes the vagina thinner and less elastic. This is called vaginal atrophy (female lubrication problems).
In addition to menopause, estrogen levels can drop from:
- Childbirth and breastfeeding
- Radiation or chemotherapy treatment for cancer
- Surgical removal of the ovaries
- Anti-estrogen medications used to treat uterine fibroids or endometriosis
Treatment Options and Other Services
There are number of ways to respond to the symptom of vaginal dryness, such as vaginal rejuvenation treatments and the O-Shot therapy.
We highly encourage you to discuss your options with your doctor.
Vaginal rejuvenation treatments with diVa Laser can be a simple and effective solution to problems of vaginal dryness or laxness. The laser painlessly stimulates the thickening of the mucosal layer, restoring a more youthful tone. diVa can be effective both internally and externally at tightening skin, restoring function and appearance.
O-SHOT PRP THERAPY
The O-Shot injection will stimulate vaginal and clitoral tissue rejuvenation for a better overall sexual and urinary wellness. The results of PRP therapy can be astounding, and for many women, almost immediate. Libido returns, orgasm is easily achieved and vaginal lubrication is increased, putting an end to painful intercourse.
BLADDER BOTOX INJECTIONS
Botox injections in the bladder can be effective for patients with urinary incontinence related to overactive bladder. The injections can reduce the urge and frequency of urination, as well as urine leaks and accidents. Botox can be helpful for people who have tried other medications or techniques to manage symptoms without success.
Mental and emotional health can be key factors in sexual wellness. Stress, anxiety or depression can impact libido, and a man or woman’s ability to engage with their partner. Seeking assistance from a mental health professional may help alleviate the underlying causes of the condition. The Elna Sexual Wellness Center offers sex therapy services.