Vaginal Dryness Specialist

Kay Elledge, MD, FACOG

Gynecologist & Medical Director located in South Bay, Torrance, CA

Vaginal dryness can be painful and hinder your quality of life, but you don’t have to live with this uncomfortable condition. At her self-titled practice in South Bay and Torrance, California, gynecologist and medical director Kay Elledge, MD, FACOG, and her team use revolutionary MonaLisa Touch® to restore vaginal tissue and reduce vaginal dryness. Call her office to learn more, or book an appointment online today.

Vaginal Dryness Q & A

What is vaginal dryness?

Vaginal dryness happens when your body doesn’t properly lubricate vaginal tissues. Symptoms associated with vaginal dryness include:

  • Vaginal burning
  • Pain with sexual intercourse
  • Light bleeding with intercourse
  • Vaginal pain or soreness
  • Itching
  • Burning with urination
  • Increases in yeast or bacterial infections

These symptoms may indicate other gynecological conditions as well, so check in with your gynecologist if you experience them.

What causes vaginal dryness?

Vaginal dryness is often caused by decreases in estrogen associated with age, which lowers your body’s ability to properly lubricate vaginal tissue. If you experience vaginal dryness, it might be due to:

  • Menopause
  • Surgical removal of the ovaries
  • Anti-estrogen medications
  • Hormones used for breast cancer, infertility, and gynecological conditions
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation treatment of the pelvic area
  • Severe depression or stress
  • Smoking
  • Breastfeeding or childbirth
  • Immune disorders

Fortunately, simple noninvasive treatment options are within reach.

How is vaginal dryness treated?

After a thorough evaluation, your provider reviews vaginal dryness treatment options with you, including:

Lubricants and moisturizing creams

Lubricants and moisturizing creams help moisten vaginal tissue. You can buy many of these products without a prescription.

Topical estrogen

If you’re a good candidate for it, Dr. Elledge prescribes estrogen in the form of a suppository, tablet, or cream that you place directly into the vagina.

Hormone therapy

Some women are candidates for estrogen replacement therapy to relieve vaginal dryness and other symptoms of menopause. Hormone therapy comes in the form of a pill you take orally or a skin patch. Dr. Elledge discusses the risk and benefits of hormone therapy with you.

MonaLisa Touch®

MonaLisa Touch is a simple laser procedure that restores vaginal tissue, stimulates collagen production, and increases lubrication to ease vaginal dryness without surgery or downtime. During the procedure, your provider uses a small probe to deliver laser energy that deeply penetrates vaginal tissue in less than five minutes.

It’s well tolerated by patients and produces minimal side effects. You can return to normal daily activities after MonaLisa Touch sessions, but your provider may recommend you refrain from sexual activity for several days.

ThermiVa®

ThermiVa is a noninvasive, non-ablative, vaginal rejuvenation treatment that reduces vaginal dryness. It’s a physician-controlled handpiece that delivers radiofrequency heat energy to vaginal tissue to enhance collagen production, tighten tissue, and increase lubrication.

To get relief from vaginal dryness and restore intimate relationships and your quality of life, call Dr. Elledge’s office today, or book an appointment online.