The walls of the vagina normally stay lubricated enough not to cause discomfort in everyday life or during sexual intercourse. Unfortunately, a dip in the estrogen hormone can leave women feeling dry, itchy, and uncomfortable. Women can even experience significant vaginal pain in severe cases.
Most Common Causes of Vaginal Dryness
Menopause is the leading cause of vaginal dryness as well as a decrease in elasticity of the vagina. Some other reasons you may experience this uncomfortable problem include:
- Receiving radiation or chemotherapy during cancer treatment
- Medications used to treat endometriosis or uterine fibroids
- Having your ovaries removed surgically
- Taking certain anti-depressant or cold medications
- Sjogren’s syndrome
Regardless of the cause, living with this condition can be painful and even embarrassing. You naturally want to try anything that will help you to feel better.
Medication to Treat Vaginal Dryness
It’s common for women to take one of three forms of topical estrogen therapy to treat this condition. Since you or a doctor inserts these medications vaginally, you don’t receive as much extra estrogen in your bloodstream that could be harmful.
Cream applications go by the trade names of Premarin or Estrace. You insert the cream into your vaginal opening with an applicator every day for up to two weeks and then cut back to less frequent use.
The ring application uses the trade name of Estring. Your doctor places the soft and flexible ring into your vaginal opening. It then releases extra estrogen to the lining of your vaginal wall to help decrease symptoms. Most women repeat the procedure once every three months.
Vagifem is the tablet form of vaginal dryness treatment. With assistance from a disposable applicator, you place a tablet inside of your vagina daily for two weeks. You will eventually drop down to bi-weekly and then not at all.
Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2014, the MonaLisa Touch is a revolutionary way to treat vaginal dryness and other uncomfortable symptoms caused by estrogen depletion. A urologist or gynecologist inserts the laser into your vaginal canal that stimulates the production of collagen and painlessly removes dried skin layers.
The entire procedure takes just five minutes. A typical treatment course is 3 separate treatments, approximately 6 weeks apart. With no anesthesia required and no downtime, the MonaLisa Touch is quickly becoming the treatment method of choice for women seeking relief from symptoms of low estrogen.