Why You Shouldn't Ignore Vaginal Dryness

The common condition of vaginal dryness doesn’t have to be a silent problem. Studies show that over 50% of all women who have it don’t talk to their provider about it. If you feel embarrassed to discuss your condition, know that you can get successful treatment with compassionate care.

Your vaginal walls hold a thin layer of moisture to help sperm travel and survive during sex. Lubrication occurs during sexual intercourse, which reduces the level of friction. 

When you experience a decrease in the production of estrogen, as occurs with menopause, your vaginal walls can become thin, which reduces the number of cells that provide moisture. When this happens, vaginal dryness occurs.

At Utopia Med Spa in Houston, Texas, Dr. Franklin Rose and the rest of our team understand your condition and your concerns. During your appointment with us, we talk to you about your symptoms, evaluate your body’s stage of life, and learn about your lifestyle habits so we can get to the root cause of what’s causing you problems.

Causes of vaginal dryness include hormonal changes, smoking, depression, stress, childbirth, and cancer treatments. Once we diagnose your condition, we can treat you with a customized plan. Our vaginal revitalization services can address your issue and provide extensive, superior care.

Symptoms of vaginal dryness

If you experience any of the following, we can help:

  • Pain during intercourse
  • Bleeding during intercourse
  • Burning sensation
  • Itching
  • Stinging
  • Ongoing urinary tract infections
  • Soreness

Vaginal dryness doesn’t cause life-threatening medical conditions, but we can help remedy the problem and increase your quality of life.

Dangers of ignoring vaginal dryness

If you’re having pain during intercourse and choose to ignore your vaginal dryness, you can develop sores and cracks in your vaginal tissues. If you start experiencing severe bleeding, you should seek our medical attention as soon as possible to avoid infection and further discomfort.

Our compassionate team can give you a thorough, gentle exam to detect thinning walls in your vagina or cuts or sores along your vaginal walls, and sample your discharge to identify the presence of damaging bacteria. We also provide hormone tests to find out if you’re in menopause.

How to treat vaginal dryness

You can use most over-the-counter lubricants to combat dryness. But be sure the ingredients are water-based, containing no added fragrance, herbal extracts, or synthetic colors. You don’t want to increase agitation with added ingredients that won’t help your condition.

You also want to make sure your lubricants don’t cause damage to your form of birth control. For example, mineral oil and petroleum jelly can cause a latex condom or a diaphragm to become brittle and break.

For overall vaginal rejuvenation, we offer the Viveve® treatment, which occurs in one visit and provides excellent results. The painless, convenient procedure promotes collagen and elastin growth in your vaginal walls, and can relieve your symptoms.

When you come in for your consultation, we can talk about your options together and determine the right solution for you.

To schedule an appointment with our team of professionals, call 713-622-2277.