The Georgia Center for Menopausal Medicine
Pamela G. Gaudry, M.D.
Gynecologist & Certified Menopause Practitioner located in Savannah, GA
The decrease in estrogen levels as you go through menopause causes a number of symptoms, including vaginal dryness. Dr. Pamela Gaudry, MD, NCMP, FACOG, at the Georgia Center for Menopausal Medicine in Savannah, Georgia, offers many treatment options to relieve vaginal dryness, including the minimally invasive MonaLisa® Touch. Call the office or book an appointment online.
Vaginal Dryness Q & A
What is vaginal dryness?
Clinically referred to as atrophic vaginitis, vaginal dryness indicates that your vagina is no longer adequately lubricated and has lost some of its vitality.
Vaginal dryness commonly affects women during menopause and causes a number of symptoms:
- Vaginal discomfort and burning
- Pain during intercourse
- Bleeding after intercourse
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
Dr. Pam offers a number of treatment options that not only relieve your symptoms, but also improve the health of your vagina.
What causes vaginal dryness?
A reduction in estrogen levels following menopause typically leads to vaginal dryness. The loss of estrogen causes thinning of the skin of your vaginal walls and a decrease in lubrication.
But, menopause isn’t the only cause of vaginal dryness, other factors might include:
- Removal of ovaries
- Medications used to treat cancer, endometriosis, or infertility
- Severe stress or depression
What treatments are available for vaginal dryness?
As a menopausal specialist, Dr. Pam at the Georgia Center for Menopausal Medicine offers a number of treatment options for vaginal dryness:
- Vaginal estrogen
- Vaginal lubricants
- Hormone therapy
As a sex therapy counselor, Dr. Pam also recommends intercourse to help your vagina stay lubricated and in good health, especially while undergoing treatment. Regular vaginal intercourse keeps the skin soft and elastic, which helps prevent the shrinking associated with dryness.
What is MonaLisa Touch®?
MonaLisa Touch® is a minimally invasive laser treatment Dr. Pam uses to improve the health of your vaginal walls. The painless procedure uses a light vibration that rejuvenates vaginal skin.
Dr. Pam recommends one to three treatments for best results, with annual touch-ups to maintain vaginal health.
You may need to refrain from intercourse for up to four days following laser treatment.
How can MonaLisa Touch improve vaginal dryness?
The MonaLisa Touch gently aggravates the tissues of your vagina to stimulate the production of collagen -- a protein that gives your skin its elasticity and strength -- to improve health.
The rejuvenated skin allows for improved lubrication to relieve vaginal dryness and irritation.
If you’d like to learn more about the treatment options for vaginal dryness, call the office or book an appointment online.
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