Everything You Want to Know About Vaginal Dryness But Were Embarrassed to Ask

If you suffer from vaginal dryness and its painful symptoms, you’re not alone. More than 30 million menopausal women, plus millions of younger women, live with painful symptoms of vaginal dryness.

You may be too embarrassed to seek help or aren’t aware that viable, non-invasive treatments are readily available at my private practice in Torrance, California. Women in the South Bay area of Los Angeles don’t have to suffer in silence anymore as they can benefit from treatment with the MonaLisa Touch laser, a cutting-edge method of restoring healthy vaginal tissue and improving your quality of life.

Symptoms of Vaginal Dryness

Painful sex is the most noticeable symptom of vaginal dryness. With menopause, in particular, your production of ovarian estrogen declines and your vaginal walls become tight and fragile. The skin also thins, and friction from sexual activity irritates rather than promotes pleasure.

You might experience tearing and even bleeding which can be frustrating and painful. In some cases, you may shy away from having sexual relations, which only makes the situation worse and can affect your relationship.

Painful intercourse isn’t the only symptom of vaginal dryness. You may also experience burning during urination, frequent urinary tract infections, and uncomfortable itching.

At least 50% of women experience these symptoms at some point during menopause. Women may also experience them at other times during dips in estrogen production, such as during childbirth, breastfeeding, and chemotherapy.

Don’t accept vaginal dryness as an inevitability. Treatment is available, so sexual intercourse and your overall quality of life can improve.

Treatments for Vaginal Dryness

Traditional treatments included messy moisturizers and lubricants. Hormone replacement in the form of a ring, vaginal suppository, or topical cream have long been other available options that come with health risks that not all women are willing or able to take.

The MonaLisa Touch laser is a completely different approach to vaginal rejuvenation. The process is relatively quick and pain-free and involves no medications, hormones, or supplements that can negatively impact your health. Studies show that 85%-95% of women treated with MonaLisa Touch see their condition improve. The treatment has almost no side effects.

During MonaLisa Touch laser treatments, a numbing cream is applied to your vaginal wall. Then, the laser wand stimulates cells and tissue to enhance blood flow and encourage healthy tissue growth. You may feel a slight tingling or vibration but no pain. Recovery time is minimal,l and results can be life-changing.

The procedure is FDA approved and proven to create greater thickness and strength in vaginal wall tissue. For most women, three treatments scheduled six weeks apart are enough to relieve dryness, incontinence, and sexual discomfort.

Treatment for Vaginal Atrophy

If you’ve got atrophy to the tissue of the vaginal wall consider ThermiVa, another treatment offered at my office, Dr. Kay Elledge. This radiofrequency procedure tightens the labia and vagina without surgery. Women who have had multiple births or are in menopause benefit from this tightening treatment.

ThermiVa works by heating the vaginal tissue to stimulate the production of collagen – a compound that adds elasticity and strength to the skin. The heat is controlled and doesn’t affect the outer layers of the skin. Patients describe the sensations as similar to a hot stone massage.

If laxity is a problem that’s preventing you from feeling sexual satisfaction, ThermiVa tightens both the inside and outside of the vaginal wall for improved experiences. It also enhances circulation and lubrication.

ThermiVa is an effective treatment for urinary urgency, orgasmic dysfunction, and reduction of excess skin around the labia. It doesn’t require anesthesia or long recovery, which makes it a definite “win” for women’s health and comfort.

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