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South Sound Womens Center

OB-GYNs located in Olympia, WA

Although vaginal dryness is typically associated with menopause, you don’t have to be menopausal to find yourself dealing with the problem. The condition, which is generally the result of reduced estrogen levels, affects women of all ages and can have a number of causes. The first-rate team of board-certified OB/GYNs at South Sound Women’s Center in Olympia, Washington, offers safe and effective treatment options for women affected by vaginal dryness. To learn more, call today.

Vaginal Dryness Q &A

South Sound Womens Center

How does menopause cause vaginal dryness?

During menopause, your body produces less estrogen and progesterone, the reproductive hormones that control menstruation and ovulation.

Estrogen also plays an important role in sustaining normal elasticity and acidity of vaginal tissue, as well as normal vaginal lubrication. Low estrogen levels can make your vaginal tissues drier, thinner, less elastic, and more fragile.

Many women experience vaginal dryness as they transition into menopause or once the process is complete. Besides causing general irritation throughout the day, vaginal dryness can make sexual intercourse uncomfortable or painful.

What else can cause low estrogen levels?

Your estrogen levels can decline for many reasons. Some women experience vaginal dryness for a period after childbirth, when estrogen levels tend to be lower than normal. Women who breastfeed might not see estrogen levels rise again until they’re done nursing.

Other factors that can diminish your estrogen levels and lead to vaginal dryness include:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Complete hysterectomy
  • Ovarian cancer treatment
  • Ovary removal surgery
  • Certain allergy medications

What are the treatment options for vaginal dryness?

The team at South Sound Women’s Center offers comprehensive treatment solutions for women of all ages affected by vaginal dryness, ranging from nonhormonal vaginal moisturizers and water-based lubricants to prescription hormone replacement therapy (HRT) options such as vaginal estrogen cream.

The treatment that’s right for you depends on your medical history and stage in life. If HRT isn’t medically appropriate for you, you may be a good candidate for laser therapy.

How can laser therapy help vaginal dryness?

MonaLisa Touch® laser therapy is one of the safest, gentlest, and most effective ways to treat vaginal dryness and revitalize the tissue that lines your vaginal canal.

Using advanced fractional CO2 technology, the laser makes painless, microscopic injuries in your vaginal tissue, which prompts your body’s healing mechanisms to initiate collagen renewal and restore proper balance.

Besides reversing vaginal dryness and restoring vaginal function, MonaLisa Touch laser therapy can help address:

  • Vaginal burning or itching
  • Painful intercourse
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal laxity, or loose tissues

MonaLisa Touch laser therapy is safe and effective for all women, including those with a history of cancer. To find out how MonaLisa Touch can benefit you, call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.