When the walls of your vagina feel dry, causing discomfort and inflammation, you may feel uncomfortable. At MonaLisa Touch SD, OB/GYN Dr. Elise Brown and urologist Dr. Scott Brown provide treatment for vaginal dryness for women living in and around La Mesa, California. The doctors can help determine the cause of your dryness and offer effective, noninvasive solutions to restore your vaginal and sexual health. Call the office to learn how you can resolve vaginal dryness.
Normally, women of childbearing age produce an adequate amount of the hormone estrogen, which helps keep your vagina lubricated with a clear fluid. This fluid supports optimal health of your vaginal tissue, making if feel thick, elastic, and strong.
When you experience changes in your estrogen production, this fluid production declines, leaving your vaginal tissue dry and inflamed, which interferes with sexual comfort and pleasure.
A drop in estrogen production often occurs in the years leading up to menopause and during menopause. Menopause naturally occurs as women get older, with the average age of menopause in the United States being 51. You can experience associated dryness for years prior to the actual cessation of your period, however.
Menopause may also be induced surgically with a hysterectomy or chemically during cancer treatment. A decrease in estrogen production can also happen in the postpartum period.
The doctors first determine if you have a non-hormonal cause for your vaginal dryness. These causes include the use of antihistamines, chronic douching, certain antidepressants, and a lack of foreplay before intercourse. If any of these reasons are suspected, lifestyle changes, such as medication switches and alternative genital hygiene practices, are recommended.
If, however, the dryness seems to be associated with hormonal changes, the doctors recommend MonaLisa Touch® laser treatments. These noninvasive treatments can restore the health and strength of your vaginal tissue, so it once again becomes lubricated and inflammation decreases.
MonaLisa Touch involves the application of gentle laser energy to the internal and external tissue of the vagina. The laser energy stimulates tissue remodeling to restore the ability of the vagina to lubricate itself. The procedure is painless, noninvasive, and requires no downtime.
You benefit most from a series of three MonaLisa Touch therapy treatments spaced about six weeks apart, but many women notice results after just one session. The doctors can customize a plan to help you achieve restored sexual health and vaginal lubrication.
Call the office today to learn more about treatments for vaginal dryness.