Vaginal dryness can cause pain during and after sex severe enough that you don’t want to even try. If this sounds familiar, reach out to the professional team at Avery Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology. With five board-certified OB/GYNs specialized in both traditional approaches to vaginal dryness and innovative, new techniques, you get the best care possible. If you live near Westport, Fairfield, or Norwalk, Connecticut, and are looking for a solution to your vaginal lubrication issues, call the Avery Center today or book your appointment online.
Vaginal dryness occurs when the ordinarily self-lubricating tissues of the vagina no longer produce enough fluids to keep the tissue healthy. A range of issues can cause it, the most common of which is a decrease in estrogen due to aging.
Without adequate estrogen, the vaginal tissue thins and shrinks, losing elasticity. That makes the vagina drier and also makes sex less pleasurable and, in some cases, painful.
While a drop in estrogen is a normal part of menopause, other things can impact production of the hormone, such as:
Irritants from soaps or laundry detergents, tampons, and condoms can also lead to vaginal dryness.
The severity of your vaginal dryness and the impact it has on your life determine how your OB/GYN recommends treating it. Using over-the-counter lubricants and vaginal moisturizing creams can improve day-to-day discomfort, while water-soluble vaginal lubricants can eliminate pain and bleeding during sex.
Your doctor may also recommend avoiding any vaginal irritants, including scented soaps, lotions, perfumes, and douches.
If you’re going through menopause — or have a significant drop in estrogen for a different reason — hormone replacement therapy may help. Safer than other estrogen treatments, hormone replacement for vaginal dryness is placed directly into the vagina, and the bloodstream only absorbs minuscule amounts.
If you’re not a candidate for estrogen therapy or are looking for a more permanent solution, your doctor may recommend platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which can revitalize vaginal tissues, or laser treatment with AlmaⓇ Laser’s FemiLift.
The FemiLift is an innovative laser system your OB/GYN can use to improve vaginal changes that have occurred due to childbirth or aging. It can help with a wide range of issues, including:
This cutting-edge technology uses fractional laser light to revitalize the skin and tissue in and around your vagina. The procedure is completed in one of the Avery Center’s three offices and requires no anesthesia, no downtime, and only takes 10 minutes to complete.
When sex becomes painful due to vaginal dryness, talk to your doctor. Call today or book your appointment online.