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What Causes Chronic Vaginal Dryness And Is There A Hormone-Free Solution?

MonaLisa Touch, Estrogen, Menopause, Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness can not only make intercourse painful, but it can cause discomfort and anxiety. When these symptoms are persistent and difficult to live with, you’re suffering from chronic vaginal dryness.  

Hormonal changes are often the culprit

Estrogen levels during a woman’s fertile years help to keep your vaginal tissue healthy. Tissues have the proper pH balance, and vaginal walls are supple with adequate lubrication to keep you feeling comfortable during intercourse. The right acidic balance and level of lubrication is important not just for preventing vaginal dryness and discomfort, but because this environment helps to prevent infections, too.  

When there’s a drop in estrogen during certain times of a woman’s life, the vaginal walls become thinner, drier, less elastic, and the acidic balance is affected.

Why estrogen levels drop

Your hormones are fluctuating all the time as part of your menstrual cycle, so you may experience dryness at certain times of the month as part of your normal cycle. However, when the dryness is persistent or permanent, the estrogen isn’t returning to the right level for some reason. This can be because of:

But far and away the most common cause of dropping estrogen is perimenopause and menopause, with around 58% of women experiencing vaginal dryness as their menstrual cycle slows and stops. When you go through menopause, your ovaries stop producing estrogen and your natural vaginal lubrication decreases.

Our solution: MonaLisa Touch® treatments

While hormone replacement therapy can help reduce vaginal dryness and improve your comfort, an effective, hormone-free treatment we offer here at Singh Family Medical Clinic is MonaLisa Touch. This treatment goes straight to the root of the problem, the vaginal walls themselves.

MonaLisa Touch is a pain-free and gentle treatment that uses light therapy to act on the tissue of your vaginal mucosa. The laser energy stimulates the production of collagen to restore the strength of your vaginal tissues, and creates micro injuries that begin a healing response that improves blood supply and lubrication. In short, the changes resulting from MonaLisa Touch treatments can have you feeling like yourself again.

Treatment with MonaLisa Touch is quick and easy as the laser energy penetrates the vaginal tissue to stimulate collagen production and restore balance. After five minutes the treatment is complete, and you can expect to feel some improvement within a few days, with continued results over the next few weeks.

MonaLisa Touch provides long-lasting relief

Most patients have three sessions spaced out six weeks apart, so they’re easy to fit into your current schedule. Dr. Singh may recommend a yearly maintenance session to maintain your comfort.

If you’ve been suffering from the effects of chronic vaginal dryness and want to try a hormone-free treatment to reduce symptoms and live life to the fullest again, get in touch with us today. We’re happy to book an appointment for you with one of our providers.

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