Vaginal dryness may be a common side effect of menopause, but you don’t have to be menopausal to find yourself dealing with the issue. Vaginal dryness, which is generally the result of reduced estrogen levels, affects women of all ages and can be caused by a range of factors. Board-certified urologist Dr. Alan Yamada in Arcadia, California, offers safe and effective treatment options for women affected by vaginal dryness. If you live in the San Gabriel Valley or surrounding areas, call Foothill Urogenital Health to schedule an appointment today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Menopause is set into motion by a decline in the production of estrogen and progesterone, the reproductive hormones that control menstruation and make female fertility possible.
Estrogen also plays a major role in maintaining normal lubrication and vaginal tissue elasticity and acidity.
Although estrogen and progesterone levels begin to decline sometime in your late 30s, menopause doesn’t usually occur until you reach your late 40s or early 50s.
The transition into menopause is typically accompanied by a variety of physical and emotional symptoms directly related to the decreasing levels of reproductive hormones, including:
- Vaginal dryness and sexual discomfort
- Urinary incontinence or chronic UTIs
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Weight gain and slowed metabolism
- Mood changes and sleep problems
Estrogen levels can decline for many reasons. If you started experiencing vaginal dryness following a recent childbirth, for example, chances are your estrogen levels are lower than normal and will eventually level off on their own.
If you’re breastfeeding, however, your estrogen levels may remain low until your baby is weaned. Other factors that are associated with lower estrogen levels include:
- Smoking cigarettes
- Certain allergy medications
- Perimenopause, or the transition into menopause
- Ovarian cancer treatment
- Oophorectomy, or ovary removal surgery
- Complete hysterectomy
MonaLisa Touch uses state-of-the-art fractional CO2 laser technology to rejuvenate the tissues that line the vaginal canal. It’s widely considered to be the safest, gentlest, and most effective way to treat vaginal dryness and prevent vaginal atrophy.
MonaLisa Touch can help return proper trophic balance to your vaginal tissues and restore vaginal functional. The therapy is just as effective for women who are dealing with the symptoms of menopause as it is for younger women who are experiencing low estrogen levels for other reasons.
MonaLisa Touch laser treatments can help address vaginal dryness as well as:
- Vaginal burning or itching
- Painful intercourse
- Vaginal laxity, or loose tissues
- Stress urinary incontinence
MonaLisa Touch is also an excellent alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which is a commonly-prescribed treatment for vaginal dryness.
HRT, or the supplementation of reproductive hormones that your body no longer makes, is a short-term solution that uses low-dose systemic estrogen to relieve menopause-related symptoms. Not all women can receive HRT, however, and even those who can may find it comes with unwanted side effects.
MonaLisa Touch laser therapy, on the other hand, is safe and effective for all women, and causes no uncomfortable side effects.
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