Pain, Irritation, Itching: What Causes a Dry Vagina?
Vaginal dryness isn’t something women want to talk about. We may think it’s temporary, or not a big deal, or just too embarrassing to mention. Or, we often believe that vaginal dryness is just part of womanhood or aging or think the symptoms are from a UTI or vaginal yeast infection. Vaginal dryness, however, can be an indicator of a hormonal imbalance or an illness that should be taken seriously and treated quickly. And even if it’s just annoying or irritating, it isn’t something any woman should have to live with. Today there are easy, painless treatments that can provide long-term relief for symptoms and build a future of better vaginal health.
Vaginal Dryness Symptoms
Symptoms of vaginal dryness include:
- Painful intercourse
- Vaginal discharge that is white or yellow or has an unpleasant odor
- Itchiness and sensitivity in the vaginal skin
- Urinary incontinence
- Recurring urinary tract infections
- Soreness and redness in the vaginal area
- Bleeding after intercourse
- Burning with urination
- Urgency with urination
Symptoms of vaginal dryness can also reflect a lack of elasticity, thinning vaginal walls and other accompanying vaginal health issues stemming from hormonal imbalances.
What Causes Vaginal Dryness?
Vaginal dryness is not uncommon and can happen to women of any age at any stage of life. A drop in estrogen production is a common cause of vaginal dryness. Women can experience a hormone imbalance or lowered estrogen levels for a wide range of reasons, including:
- Postpartum hormonal imbalance
- Immune disorders
- Removal of the ovaries
- Medical treatments such as aromatase inhibitors for breast cancer treatment
- Radiation therapy
Vaginal dryness can also be caused by vaginal atrophy. Vaginal atrophy leads to vaginal irritation, risk of vaginal injury, painful intercourse, increased occurrence of vaginal infections and vaginal pain. Vaginal dryness often causes thin, weak supportive tissues around the neck of the bladder or the urethra leading to stress incontinence.
Treating Vaginal Dryness
Women looking for a long lasting, low-maintenance treatment for vaginal dryness may find a solution in diVa® vaginal laser rejuvenation. The high-tech treatment restores firmness, elasticity and strength to thinned tissue layers of the vaginal walls. It is non-hormonal, so even women with sensitivities or medical contraindications for hormone therapies can safely use diVa®. It can also be used with hormone replacement therapy options without interfering in their effectiveness.
diVa® resurfaces and rebuilds vaginal tissues using a dual-laser technology to stimulate new cell growth in both the vaginal lining and the deeper layers of the vaginal walls. While the new surface cells inside the vaginal walls increase production of natural lubrication, the deeper tissue layers are triggered to regenerate collagen structures to build a stronger, supported vaginal canal, which improves overall vaginal function and health.
The minimally invasive laser treatment provides long-term relief for women who have vaginal dryness, stress incontinence or vaginal atrophy. Treating the full length of the vaginal canal takes only a few minutes and can be performed in the provider’s office with no downtime after the procedure. Your provider can give custom care instructions for recovery. Some women opt for a maintenance treatment every 12 months to extend the life of their results.
Once a root cause for vaginal dryness has been found, there may be some simple, topical solutions that can provide temporary relief. A high-quality vaginal lubricant can alleviate symptoms during intercourse and provide everyday comfort. Hormonal treatment options include replacing estrogen through topical creams, vaginal rings or oral supplements.
Don’t let something that is so simple to alleviate disrupt your daily life and intimate relationships. Schedule your consultation with the expert team at the Coyle Institute. We will determine the cause of your vaginal concerns and develop a treatment program that will put you back on the road to long-lasting vaginal health.