It’s natural for a woman to experience the problems of aging, but that doesn’t mean she needs to give up being intimate with her partner. Still, as women age and their estrogen production slows, many of them may experience vaginal atrophy, a medical term for the thinning of the vaginal wall. This condition of aging means vaginal dryness, itching, irritation and/or pain during intercourse. Hormone therapy can be effective in treating vaginal atrophy, but it carries its own risks. Schaffer Plastic Surgery in Birmingham has a non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation option that is worth considering.
What Causes Dryness?
As estrogen levels decline with age, the walls of a woman’s vagina become thinner, drier and less elastic. The change is normal, but it may cause itching, burning and pain during intercourse. Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, but the transition can occur earlier or later in life. There is no way to predict when a woman will enter menopause. Women in the menopausal transition experience symptoms with varying degrees of severity, and not all women have the same symptoms.
Vaginal symptoms such as itching, dryness, or pain with intercourse are adequate to assume a woman has vaginal atrophy if she is experiencing other symptoms related to that “time of life” transition. A physical exam, including a pelvic exam, should be performed to rule out other conditions that may cause the same symptoms. There are no tests to determine if the vaginal wall has thinned or become lax.
How is Menopause-Related Dryness Treated?
There are several over-the-counter and prescription medications available to treat menopause-related dryness in Birmingham. Hormone therapy is another effective option in treating menopause-related dryness. However, we are proud to offer vaginal rejuvenation using a state-of-the-art laser device to rejuvenate the vaginal tissue. It uses an innovative hybrid fractional laser in a procedure that addresses a variety of menopausal symptoms, including vaginal dryness, discomfort, laxity and more.
If you’re suffering from menopause-related dryness, you’ll want to discuss your symptoms with the understanding and expert staff at Schaffer Plastic Surgery in Birmingham. We’ll design a solution that meets your needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.