What is vaginal atrophy?
Vaginal atrophy is an inflammation of the vagina due to a lack of estrogen, causing loss of lubrication and a thinning & shrinking of the tissues. This occurs most commonly after menopause when the body’s estrogen levels are low. Reduced estrogen can result in major changes to the body, but the discomfort of this condition can be treated.
What are the causes?
A loss of estrogen occurs with natural menopause, as well as menopausal states brought on by cancer treatments, post-operatively after hysterectomy and ovary removal, during treatments for endometriosis and during breastfeeding. With less estrogen in the body, the vaginal tissues will become thinner, dryer, more fragile and less elastic.
What are the symptoms?
Vaginal atrophy can include symptoms for the vagina and for the urinary system. The vaginal symptoms include:
- Discomfort and itching
- Painful sex or a complete inability to have intercourse
The urinary symptoms include:
- Painful urination
- Increased urgency and/or frequency of urination
- Urinary incontinence
- Increased urinary tract infections (UTIs)
The signs and symptoms may be noticeable before menopause and will be a bigger problem when you’re several years into menopause. Sexual activity can help to maintain healthy vaginal tissues.
Treatments in Torrance, California
If you are suffering from vaginal atrophy symptoms and you live in the Torrance area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Shelby Morrisroe as soon as possible. Effective treatments that can improve your life are available and affordable. Dr. Morrisroe utilizes MonaLisa Touch, a minimally invasive and non-surgical treatment to address all of the symptoms listed above.* To get started, give us a call at (310) 542-0199 or schedule your appointment online. To learn more about MonaLisa Touch, click here.Schedule
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.