The Weak Spot of Vaginal Atrophy
Have you noticed a change in your vagina like a lack of firmness, a decrease in moisture, or even pain? Though you might never have heard of the condition, many women suffer from vaginal atrophy, which occurs when a lower production of estrogen causes the vaginal walls to become thin, dry, and inflamed.
Post-menopausal women most often experience vaginal atrophy, and the most commonly reported vaginal atrophy symptoms include:
- Vaginal dryness
- Vaginal pain or discomfort during intercourse
- Bleeding after sexual activity
- Dryness during intercourse
- Urinary incontinence
- Burning during urination
- Urgency to urinate
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Vaginal canal changes including tightening and shortening
- Unusual vaginal discharge
What Makes You Weak?
In addition to menopause, the changes in estrogen production that cause vaginal atrophy can be related to perimenopause; surgery to remove the ovaries; chemotherapy treatment or pelvic radiation therapy; hormonal treatment for breast cancer; and breastfeeding. Other risk factors include smoking, lack of sexual activity, and never having given birth vaginally.
Vaginal atrophy takes a great toll on vaginal health as well as urinary function. Because the two are so greatly interrelated by the condition, vaginal atrophy is often referred to as GSM, or “genitourinary syndrome of menopause.”
Fortunately, treatments are available to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by vaginal atrophy or GSM. Once a diagnosis has been made, treatment options will be explored and may include:
- The use of topical vaginal moisturizers
- Application of water-based lubricants for sexual activity
- Prescriptions for topical estrogen cream, vaginal estrogen rings, oral estrogen, or vaginal estrogen tablets
- Bioidentical hormone therapy
- Vaginal rejuvenation
For women considering the alternative method of treatment of vaginal rejuvenation, vaginal rejuvenation such as diVa laser vaginal therapy is a safe, quick, and effective option that produces amazing results. Each diVa laser vaginal therapy session takes merely three to five minutes to complete during an in-office procedure and requires no anesthesia, though a local anesthetic will be used in order to numb the area and reduce discomfort during the actual procedure. Women who undergo diVa laser vaginal therapy also require no recovery time and can return to their normal daily activities the very same day as they receive treatment, though abstaining from intercourse will be necessary for seven days after the procedure.
During each diVa laser vaginal therapy session, the diVa uses two types of lasers that deliver both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths working synergistically to achieve fully customizable results. As the layers of the vaginal walls are deeply resurfaced by the first laser, layers of healthy new tissue that are firmer, tighter, and plumper replace them. Heat from the second laser is used to stimulate the layers of collagen in the tissue, which will help improve the strength and vitality of the vaginal tissue.
Resurfacing the layers of the vaginal walls produces physically noticeable effects, but those effects are also significantly noticeable in the emotional and mental health of the women who receive treatment. These women feel more confident in themselves, feel more able to satisfy their sexual partners, and take greater satisfaction in their intimate experiences. For these women, not only is intimacy far more pleasurable and no longer painful, but their urinary function and vaginal health are also greatly affected.
Women suffering from vaginal atrophy or GSM can greatly benefit from diVa laser vaginal therapy, so options should be fully explored during an in-office consultation. Depending on the severity of the condition as well as the exact causes, up to three treatments spaced four weeks apart may be needed to achieve full results.
Being a woman doesn’t make you weak! Call the caring team of feminine health experts at Coyle Institute to schedule a consultation and learn more today!