Vaginal dryness is a problem that many women feel uncomfortable talking about. However, it’s a very common issue, particularly after menopause.
Many women choose to suffer in silence, believing that the condition is just an inevitable part of getting older. But the pain and discomfort from vaginal dryness can have a significant effect on a woman’s quality of life.
Ladies, if you suffer from vaginal dryness, it’s important to address the problem. The good news is that there are a variety of treatments available to treat the condition and restore your wellbeing.
Let’s explore a few of them in this article.
What causes vaginal dryness?
Vaginal dryness is a symptom of vaginal atrophy, a condition where the vagina loses its elasticity and moisture.
The vagina usually stays moist and lubricated with a thin layer of fluid. The hormone oestrogen plays a major part in maintaining that fluid and keeping the lining of the vagina healthy. But when oestrogen levels in the body drop, the amount of moisture available in the vagina also decreases, making it thinner, dryer, and less elastic.
Menopause is the most common cause of a drop in oestrogen levels. However, other factors such as childbirth and breastfeeding, certain cancer treatments, medications used to treat endometriosis or fibroids, and even the contraceptive Pill can all cause oestrogen levels to decrease.
How is vaginal dryness treated?
If you’re suffering from vaginal dryness, there are a number of solutions available that range from over-the-counter treatments to specialised procedures. However, our gynaecologists at Northside Gynaecology recommend that your first stop should be to the practice to rule out any serious underlying medical issues, and to get a professional treatment plan tailored for you.
Depending on your circumstances, you may explore common treatments such as:
- Topical oestrogen – These creams are applied in and around the vagina to encourage moisture production. However this treatment is not recommended for women with a history of breast or endometrial cancer, or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Lubricants and moisturisers – Some women experience short term relief using products such as K-Y Jelly to help reduce uncomfortable friction and soothe irritated skin.
- Dietary changes – Certain vitamins and supplements have been shown to increase blood supply to the vaginal wall. In addition, including foods rich in phytoestrogens (such as flaxseed, tofu and soy) may play a part in improving vaginal health.
The above treatments have been used with varying levels of success for some time. But the relief is short term, and disappears altogether if the treatment stops. A more effective, convenient, and long-term solution can be found with laser treatment such as the MonaLisa Touch.
How does the MonaLisa Touch help with vaginal dryness?
The MonaLisa Touch is a safe and highly effective treatment that creates lasting improvements for women suffering from the symptoms of vaginal atrophy.
It’s a simple procedure that consists of three laser sessions, spaced six weeks apart. It’s fast and easy – you could have the procedure done on a work break and get straight back to your day.
MonaLisa Touch’s intra-vaginal laser therapy is designed to reinvigorate vaginal tissue and restore blood supply, promoting recovery and normal function. It’s particularly beneficial for women with a past history or family connection with breast cancer who are unable to use hormone replacement therapy.
The best part? The MonaLisa Touch vaginal laser is totally safe and incredibly effective. Studies have reported lasting improvements of up to 86% in symptoms such as dryness, itching or stinging, and sensitivity during sex.
Where to get further advice
If you’re suffering from vaginal dryness, there’s no need to put up with it any longer. Reclaim your quality of life by visiting our practice for professional assessment and treatment.
Northside Gynaecology is an all-women practice offering advice, treatment and support for a wide range of gynaecological issues. Book a consultation at one of our convenient Brisbane locations by calling us on 07 3054 4687.
Please note, MonaLisa Touch appointments are only available at our Kedron practice.