Menopause can bring with it a range of symptoms that can and do vary from woman to woman. Finding relief particularly from vaginal atrophy is now easier than ever.
What is Vaginal Atrophy?
Vaginal atrophy, also known as atrophic vaginitis, is just one of the common concerns menopausal women face. Those who note a reduction in the female hormone oestrogen after breastfeeding and chemotherapy also experience it. Due to hormonal changes, the structure of the vagina changes and the walls begin to thin, dry and become inflamed causing much discomfort.
Common Symptoms Associated with Vaginal Atrophy
As a result of the change in the function of the vagina, women experience a range of symptoms including:
- Vaginal itching
- Urinary incontinence
- Prolapse, and
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
It is not surprising that such symptoms can impact a woman intimately, particularly causing painful intercourse, and as a result lead to self-esteem concerns and may even impact relationships.
Effective Treatments to Consider
There are a number of effective solutions including lifestyle changes and over the counter remedies to provide relief if you’re experiencing vaginal dryness or irritation.
- Moisturisers such as vagisil feminine moisturiser help restore some moisture to your vaginal area.
- Water-based lubricants work to reduce discomfort during intercourse.
There are also topical (vaginal) and oral oestrogen treatments that may be recommended to you depending on your individual preferences and situation. The concern with these creams and solutions, however, are varied, especially for women who have had breast cancer or a condition where hormone replacement products are not an option. As a result, many women are turning to one of the newest, nonsurgical treatments specifically designed to treat vaginal atrophy – the MonaLisa Touch Vaginal Laser.
Northside Gynaecology offer women the Mona Lisa Touch non-hormonal treatment that uses a laser to promote blood flow to the areas of the vagina that are thinning and causing discomfort working to encourage cell growth. As a result, the vaginal walls are rehydrated, bringing back lubrication, elasticity, and tightness to the vagina.
Vaginal atrophy should not be a symptom of menopause that limits women continuing to live life. Don’t hesitate to seek assistance. Contact a trained professional at Northside Gynaecology to discuss treatment options and let them help you find the most appropriate relief to get you back to being you!