The itching and irritation of vaginal dryness can make it difficult to accomplish your daily activities or enjoy an active sex life. It can create embarrassing situations, causing you to withdraw from your active lifestyle. Dr. Essam Taymour of Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group in Long Beach, California, offers multiple solutions for treating vaginal dryness and restoring your self-confidence. Contact the office today for a discrete evaluation and get the help you need.

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What causes vaginal dryness?

Vaginal dryness refers to the lack of moisture in the vaginal area. Vaginal atrophy describes the thinning of the vaginal wall, usually occurring during menopause. The body isn’t as efficient at lubricating the vaginal area as hormonal changes cause a lack of stimulation to this fluid production. As estrogen levels in the body decline, the vaginal lining becomes thinner and dryer, even changing color. The loss of elasticity results in a number of unpleasant symptoms.

Although it can happen at any time in a woman’s life, vaginal dryness is a common symptom of perimenopause and menopause. Along with a host of other symptoms, including night sweats, hot flashes, chronic fatigue, and difficulty concentrating, vaginal dryness can make a woman’s menopause transition difficult.

What are the symptoms of vaginal dryness?

Vaginal dryness leads to several symptoms, including:

  • Pain with intercourse
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Irritation

If left untreated, these symptoms can lead to increased frequency of vaginal infections.

How is vaginal dryness diagnosed?

The common symptoms of itching, dryness, and pain with intercourse are adequate indicators for a diagnosis if other menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and urinary incontinence issues, are occurring.

Dr. Taymour conducts a pelvic exam to eliminate other medical conditions or infections. In some cases, vaginal dryness may be related to emotional factors, including stress, anxiety, and depression. These emotional issues can lead to a decrease in vaginal lubrication, even during sex. Some women may also experience a loss of libido and issues getting or staying aroused.

What are the available treatment options for vaginal dryness?

For vaginal dryness conditions causing frequent discomfort, there are several treatment options available. The latest innovation, MonaLisa Touch®, is a minimally-invasive treatment option using a vaginal probe to deliver laser energy to the vaginal wall. The procedure takes just minutes and many women report a significant improvement to their vaginal dryness after the first treatment.

In addition to laser treatments, other options for relieving vaginal dryness include:

  • Vaginal treatments: hormonal treatments containing low-dose hormones, including vaginal estrogen cream, the estrogen ring, or tablets
  • Moisturizing lotions or creams: topical treatments to replenish moisture in the vaginal area and may also be used as a lubricant for intercourse
  • Hormone replacement therapy: effective at reducing dryness and controlling other symptoms of menopause

Hormone treatments may not be suitable for everyone. Dr. Taymour recommends the best course of hormonal or nonhormonal treatment options based on your needs and medical history.