Painful intercourse, or dyspareunia is a common complaint of women prior to, during and after menopause. It is caused by a decrease in estrogen levels in the body. The vaginal tissues really love estrogen. During perimenopause, the menopause transition and after menopause, as a result of very low circulating levels of estrogen, the vaginal tissues become very thin, dry, easily irritated, and lose their ability to stretch. This can cause symptoms such as a dry feeling, itching, burning, and pain with intercourse.
The good news is there are several treatment options for vaginal atrophy. There are many forms of vaginal estrogens that can treat these symptoms. The available preparations include vaginal creams, tablets and rings. These medications have few risks and do not cause a significant increase in systemic estrogen levels. For women who prefer non-hormonal methods we now offer treatment using the Mona Lisa laser. This method stimulates collagen production in the vaginal tissues. Treatment begin with 3 sessions, 6 weeks apart over 12 weeks and then yearly treatment for maintenance.
Women don’t have to suffer with symptoms of vaginal atrophy or painful intercourse. Schedule an appointment today with one of our providers to find out which option is best for you.