Vaginal Dryness

Julia Raber, MD

Gynecologist located in New Hyde Park, NY

Vaginal dryness may be a common byproduct of menopause, but you don’t have to be menopausal to find yourself living with the problem. Vaginal dryness, which is generally the result of reduced estrogen levels, affects women of all ages and can be caused by a range of factors. Board-certified gynecologist Dr. Julia Raber in New Hyde Park, NY, offers safe and effective treatment options for women affected by vaginal dryness. If you’re in Long Island or the greater New York City area, call or book your appointment online today.

Vaginal Dryness Q & A

How does menopause cause vaginal dryness?

Menopause, or the end of female fertility, is set into motion by a decline in the production of estrogen and progesterone, the reproductive hormones that control menstruation and make pregnancy possible.

Estrogen also plays a major role in maintaining vaginal tissue elasticity and acidity as well as normal vaginal lubrication. Having less estrogen makes your vaginal tissues drier, thinner, less elastic, and more fragile.

This helps explain why many women experience vaginal dryness either during the transition into menopause, or once the process is complete. In addition to causing irritation throughout the day, vaginal dryness can make sexual intimacy uncomfortable or even painful.

What other factors can impact estrogen levels?

Your estrogen levels can decline for many different reasons. If your vaginal dryness developed following a recent childbirth, for example, it’s highly probable that your estrogen levels are lower than normal and will eventually return to normal.

If you’re nursing your baby, however, your estrogen levels may remain low until you’re done breastfeeding. Other factors that are known to influence estrogen levels include:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Certain allergy medications
  • Ovarian cancer treatment  
  • Ovary removal surgery
  • Complete hysterectomy

How can MonaLisa Touch® help?

MonaLisa Touch uses advanced fractional CO2 laser technology to revitalize the tissues that line your vaginal canal. It’s widely considered to be the safest, gentlest, and most effective way to treat vaginal dryness and prevent vaginal atrophy.

The laser works by making painless, microscopic injuries in your vaginal tissues, which trigger your body’s healing mechanisms to stimulate collagen renewal and restore proper trophic balance.

MonaLisa Touch is just as effective for women who are dealing with the symptoms of menopause as it is for younger women who are experiencing low estrogen levels for other reasons.

In addition to reversing vaginal dryness and restoring vaginal function, MonaLisa Touch laser treatments can help address:

  • Vaginal burning or itching
  • Painful intercourse
  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal laxity, or loose tissues

MonaLisa Touch is also an excellent alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which has long been the go-to treatment for menopause-related vaginal dryness.

Unfortunately, HRT isn’t suitable for all women, can cause significant side effects, and is only a short-term solution for those who can use it.

MonaLisa Touch laser therapy, on the other hand, is safe and effective for all women and causes no uncomfortable side effects. To find out more about how MonaLisa Touch can benefit you, call Dr. Raber’s office in New Hyde Park, or use the convenient online booking feature to make your appointment today.

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