Health and Wellness Center located in Davidson, NC and serving patients in Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville and Charlotte, NC.
Vaginal dryness is a common problem during menopause and in later life due to the drop in estrogen levels, and as well as being uncomfortable, it can affect your sex life if it persists. The Well for Health in Davidson, North Carolina, has a team of health care professionals on hand with extensive expertise in helping women resolve their vaginal dryness problems. If you’re looking for a solution to vaginal dryness, call The Well for Health today, or book an appointment online.
Vaginal Dryness Q & A
What is vaginal dryness?
Your vagina is usually self-lubricating, producing a clear fluid that lines the walls of your vagina and keeps it hydrated. If anything affects the production of the natural lubricant, the vagina can dry out, and this may also make it itchy and sore.
As well as the discomfort of having an irritated vagina, a lack of lubrication affects your sex life. Without that lubrication, sex can be uncomfortable and even painful.
What causes vaginal dryness?
The reproductive hormone estrogen plays a vital role in maintaining lubrication and keeping the tissues lining your vagina healthy and elastic, and falling estrogen levels affect the production of the natural lubricating fluid.
Menopause is a major cause of vaginal dryness, as it’s the most common reason for estrogen levels to decrease. Other reasons why estrogen levels might drop include:
- Having a baby
- Cancer treatments
- Oovectomy (removal of the ovaries)
- Antiestrogen treatments for fibroids and endometriosis
In addition to falling estrogen levels, vaginal dryness can also be caused by:
- The autoimmune disorder Sjögren's syndrome
- Some kinds of antidepressants
Douches, soaps, and shower gels can also dry the vagina out, as they upset the natural pH balance.
What treatments are there for vaginal dryness?
To enable them to administer the most effective treatment, the team at The Well for Health needs to identify the cause of your vaginal dryness. If the problem is due to the side effects of your medication or overuse of soaps, the remedy is to change the medication and adopt different washing habits.
Topical moisturizers can ease the dryness, and lubricants can help with intercourse, but neither has any effect on the production of natural vaginal fluids. Creams containing estrogen replace the hormones lacking in your body and help stimulate new fluid production but may not be suitable for all women.
The Well for Health also offers MonaLisa Touch® laser therapy, a painless, noninvasive treatment that stimulates the vaginal tissues and helps restore function. To discuss your options and find out more about the treatments available for vaginal dryness, call the clinic today or book an appointment using the online facility.
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Every patient who contacts The Well for Health receives a FREE 15 minute telephone consultation with a member of the team before visiting the clinic.