Vaginal atrophy is a change of the vagina that develops when there is a significant decrease in levels of the female hormone estrogen. Treatment of vaginal atrophy is done according to the patient’s condition and responses to the primary therapies. Estrogen, which is produced by the ovaries, plays a vital role in keeping vaginal tissues lubricated and healthy. When levels of estrogen are low, vaginal tissue becomes atrophic. Since a woman has less estrogen during this stage of her life, the vaginal walls become thinner, drier, and more irritated. This is called “Vaginal Atrophy” and affects the quality of life of many women.
Symptoms of Vaginal atrophy
- Vaginal dryness
- Vaginal burning
- Vaginal discharge
- Genital itching
- Burning with urination
- Urgency with urination
- Frequent urination
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
- Urinary incontinence
- Light bleeding after intercourse
- Discomfort with intercourse
- Decreased vaginal lubrication during sexual activity
- Shortening and tightening of the vaginal canal
Causes of Vaginal atrophy
Genitourinary syndrome of menopause (Vaginal atrophy) is caused by a decrease in estrogen production. Less estrogen makes your vaginal tissues thinner, drier, less elastic and more fragile. A drop in estrogen levels may occur:
- After menopause
- During the years leading up to menopause
- After surgical removal of both ovaries
- During breast-feeding
- While taking medications that can affect estrogen levels, such as some birth control pills
- After pelvic radiation therapy for cancer
- After chemotherapy for cancer
- As a side effect of breast cancer hormonal treatment
Treatment of Vaginal atrophy
To treat vaginal atrophy, your doctor will initially suggest different treatment options that include:
- Vaginal moisturizers: Try a vaginal moisturizer to restore some moisture to your vaginal area. You may have to apply the moisturizer every few days. The effects of a moisturizer generally last a bit longer than those of a lubricant.
- Water-based lubricants: These lubricants are applied just before sexual activity and can reduce discomfort during intercourse.
- If those options don’t ease your symptoms, your doctor may recommend: Vaginal estrogen cream, Vaginal estrogen ring, Vaginal estrogen tablet and so on.
- Laser treatment: Traditionally, treatments have involved hormones, which many women cannot take or prefer not to take, or vaginal creams, which can be inconvenient and messy. While according to a study, vaginal atrophy treatment with MonaLisa Touch currently has a 92% satisfaction.
Advantages of Using Mona Lisa Touch Laser in the Treatment of Vaginal Atrophy
** The MonaLisa Touch is a fast, painless, hormone-free laser treatment to treat vaginal dryness, itching, painful intercourse, and other symptoms that are often associated with menopause.
** We have found in particular that women affected by certain female cancers, such as cancer of the breast, ovary, or uterus, can benefit greatly from the MonaLisa Touch. Such patients are not candidates for hormonal therapies and the MonaLisa Touch is a wonderful alternative that some find to be even more efficacious and convenient even than hormones.