What Causes Women to Experience Vaginal Dryness?
There are a few causes of vaginal dryness in women. Some are related to age, while others are the result of medical conditions and the medications used to treat them.
At BioWell Therapeutics in Huntsville, AL, Dr. Daniel Skinner offers laser vaginal rejuvenation procedures to address issues, including vaginal dryness, sexual dysfunction, and even stress incontinence.
Keep reading to learn more about how Dr. Skinner can treat vaginal dryness using a noninvasive option called laser vaginal rejuvenation.
What is vaginal dryness, and what causes it?
Vaginal dryness occurs when estrogen levels drop, leading the skin and tissue around the vulva to become thinner. When the vaginal walls are dry and thin, the lack of moisture can cause discomfort and other complications.
Dryness in the vagina happens to many women at some point. It can occur after childbirth, as a result of medication (from hormonal birth control to antihistamines), during cancer treatments, after ovary removal, or simply by using perfumed soaps or washes around the vagina. If sex is painful due to dryness, this can also be due to a lack of arousal. However, vaginal dryness commonly happens with age, especially during menopause, as hormones change.
Vaginal dryness can make you feel sore or itchy in and around the vagina, which can be distracting and discomforting. You may feel like you need to urinate more often than usual or be especially prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs). It can also lead to painful sex.
How can laser vaginal rejuvenation resolve vaginal dryness?
Laser vaginal rejuvenation uses state-of-the-art laser technology to stimulate the walls of the vagina to produce more collagen. It prompts healthy cell turnover so that your own body is encouraged to do the work of strengthening the skin and tissue of the vaginal walls. And it does this without the use of medications, such as hormone therapy.
While the thought of a laser placed inside the vagina may seem uncomfortable, the procedure takes only 30 minutes and requires no anesthesia. During treatment, a wand is placed inside the vagina or around the external labia and vulva (depending on the areas you'd like to treat). The temperature of the laser is constantly monitored during the procedure as it targets cells beneath the skin to prevent discomfort or injury.
The potential payoffs of laser vaginal rejuvenation for those experiencing dryness, discomfort, and any resulting complications are immense. They include:
Reducing vaginal dryness (and accompanying sexual dysfunction)
Reducing stress incontinence
Tightening the internal and external vaginal areas
Are the effects of laser vaginal rejuvenation permanent?
Like all aesthetic treatments, laser rejuvenation addresses what's going on at present. And while it can stimulate the growth of new cells that may last quite some time, it cannot stop the body from aging.
Childbirth, menopause, and continued aging may cause skin laxity and dryness. However, patients can have multiple treatments. So if laser vaginal rejuvenation works for you, you can return later to get another treatment.
Treat vaginal dryness with laser vaginal rejuvenation in Huntsville, AL
Just because you age or may experience health issues that lead to vaginal dryness doesn't mean you have to live with discomfort or let it affect your sex life.
To find out more about restoring your comfort and confidence with laser vaginal rejuvenation, schedule a consultation with skilled physician Dr. Daniel Skinner at BioWell Therapeutics in Huntsville, AL.