Why am I Experiencing Vaginal Dryness?

Your vaginal health may change throughout your life, and it’s common to experience vaginal dryness at one point or another. 

Vaginal dryness treatment

Understanding the cause of vaginal dryness can help you find the right treatment to improve your symptoms and your sexual health.

The Most Common Causes of Vaginal Dryness

Many of the causes of vaginal dryness are perfectly normal and the issue may eventually resolve itself, but you may be able to make changes that can make you more comfortable in the meantime.  

Childbirth and breastfeeding

During pregnancy, your level of hormones increase and after you give birth these hormone levels drop. This can cause vaginal dryness and your vaginal tissue can shrink and become thinner, which can lead to symptoms including vaginal burning and itching. If you choose to breastfeed, your estrogen levels will continue to be low while you breastfeed. 

After giving birth, or after stopping breastfeeding, your hormone levels will go back to normal and the vaginal symptoms should go away. In the meantime, however, there are products you can buy at the store to help relieve dryness and discomfort during sex.

Menopause

Menopause, when a women stops menstruation, also causes a decrease in hormone levels and results in vaginal dryness for almost one in every three women. Symptoms caused by menopause can begin in a woman’s 40s or 50s. Lifestyle changes, medications, or vaginal rejuvenation treatments can help improve your vaginal health.

Surgery or another Treatment

Radiation, chemotherapy, or removal of the uterus or ovaries, can cause estrogen levels to drop and lead to vaginal dryness regardless of your age. Certain cancer treatments can make it unsafe for women to use medication that contain estrogen to treat vaginal dryness, which can limit your treatment options. Talk with your doctor about alternative medications to try that do not contain estrogen.

Treatment Options for Vaginal Dryness

If the problem is severe or ongoing, talk with your gynecologist about ways you can find relief. The most common and helpful treatments for women experiencing vaginal dryness include:

  • Over-the-counter vaginal moisturizes. These products typically don’t contain estrogen and can be applied regularly or as needed. 
  • Estrogen therapy. Estrogen can be prescribed by your doctor in the form of a pill, a patch, or a cream. Women can also use vaginal estrogen in the form of a vaginal ring, a table inserted into the vagina, or a cream. 
  • Vaginal rejuvenation. Vaginal rejuvenation is an in-office treatment that can improve vaginal dryness, usually over the course of a few treatments. We specialize in the MonaLisa Touch procedure, a non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation treatment. 
  • Hormone pellet therapy. A pellet is inserted under the skin and can last for several months and treat symptoms of menopause including vaginal changes.

Discuss your symptoms with your gynecologist to find the best treatment for you. Contact our Boca Raton or Boynton Beach office for an appointment. 

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Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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