Vaginal Dryness

Skin MD Colorado

Board Certified Dermatologists located in Colorado Springs, CO

After menopause, vaginal dryness is a common issue. Although it isn’t harmful, this problem can be uncomfortable, and it can affect the quality of your life. If you’re struggling with vaginal dryness, the MonaLisa Touch® therapy can help. Skin MD Dermatology offers a range of treatment options to help women with this condition. To make an appointment for vaginal dryness treatment, please contact us at 719-228-9488 or schedule online!

Vaginal Dryness Q & A

What causes vaginal dryness?

In most cases, vaginal dryness occurs because of a drop in blood levels of estrogen, which is a hormone responsible for maintaining normal lubrication in the vagina.

Some of the possible causes of lower estrogen levels include:

  • Menopause
  • Removal of the ovaries
  • Problems with the immune system
  • Cancer treatment that affects the ovaries
  • Dependence on nicotine
  • Childbirth
  • Breastfeeding

Vaginal dryness can affect any woman, but it’s most common among women who’ve already gone through menopause. Some causes of vaginal dryness, such as breastfeeding, are temporary, while others are permanent.

What are the symptoms of vaginal dryness?

The most common symptom of vaginal dryness is a lack of lubrication in the vagina. However, you may also notice:

  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Pain during sex

How do the doctors diagnose vaginal dryness?

If you come complaining of the symptoms of vaginal dryness, the doctor will begin by examining the vagina for redness and thinning. She may also order tests to rule out certain problems, such as infections. After confirming that you have vaginal dryness, the doctor will recommend treatment options.

How does we treat vaginal dryness?

Several treatment options are available for women with vaginal dryness. If you have vaginal dryness, you may benefit from:

Vaginal estrogen

If you have vaginal dryness because of low estrogen levels, you can improve your symptoms with vaginal estrogen, which is available in the form of a ring, tablet, or cream.

Lifestyle changes

Certain products, such as douches, lotions, and scented soaps, may make vaginal dryness worse. Avoiding these products may improve your symptoms. You should also avoid taking cold or allergy medications.

Vaginal laser treatment

Vaginal Laser procedures, such as treatment with the MonaLisa Touch laser, may improve lubrication in the vagina.

Which treatment option is best?

Each treatment option available for vaginal dryness offers different advantages and disadvantages. For example, while vaginal laser offers long-lasting results after just one procedure, vaginal estrogen requires ongoing treatment. However, vaginal laser therapy carries more risks than vaginal estrogen. Our medical professionals here at Skin MD Dermatology will help you decide which treatment option is best for your needs.