Vaginal Atrophy / Laxity
Non-surgical Vaginal Atrophy / Vaginal Laxity Treatment OB/GYN & Laser Vaginal Treatment Expert in Encinitas, CA,
Non-surgical Vaginal Atrophy / Vaginal Laxity Treatment
OB/GYN & Laser Vaginal Treatment Expert in Encinitas, CA, the San Diego area.
Menopause or “change of life” is a common normal condition that all women experience as they age. The term menopause describes a number of changes that a woman experiences just before or after she stops menstruating. A newer term used by doctors to describe vaginal and urinary symptoms associated with menopause is GSM or genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM).
This term describes numerous typical menopausal symptoms which includes a woman’s genital areas; i.e., dryness, burning, and irritation, discomfort or pain, decreased sexual responsiveness, and also urinary symptoms; i.e., urgency, pain and discomfort when urinating, and recurrent urinary tract infections.
Millions of women experience many of these symptoms but many do not seek treatment. The condition continues to be under-diagnosed and undertreated due to a combination of a woman’s reluctance to discuss their symptoms with their doctor and doctors who do not inform women of newer, advanced treatment options.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of menopause and GSM, discuss your concerns with Dr. Lawrence Eisenhauer. Dr, Eisenhauer will provide an accurate diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan to address your symptoms and improve your sexual health and quality of life.
The following are a discussion of two of the most prevalent symptoms of GSM:
What is Vaginal Atrophy?
Vaginal atrophy can occur when the female body loses estrogen, resulting in inflammation, drying, and a thinning of the vaginal walls. Since a loss in estrogen is closely associated with this form of atrophy, most women experience symptoms after menopause.
What are Symptoms of Vaginal Atrophy?
Symptoms of vaginal atrophy/GSM include:
- Genital/vaginal dryness
- Itchiness of the genital area
- Increased urinary urgency and frequency ( stress incontinence)
- Burning/pain during urination
- More frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Painful intercourse
- Slight bleeding after intercourse
- A tightening or shortening of the vaginal canal
- Decreased vaginal lubrication during sex
These symptoms can range in severity levels. Risk factors include: cigarettes (which affect your blood circulation, reducing oxygen and estrogen levels), a lack of sexual activity and no vaginal births. If you are experiencing any of these issues, Dr. Lawrence Eisenhauer can help.
How does Dr. Eisenhauer Diagnose Vaginal Atrophy?
Pelvic examinations can be scheduled to diagnose this condition. During a pelvic exam, Dr. Eisenhauer will check the pelvic organs, external genitalia, vagina and cervix. He can also check for signs of pelvic organ prolapse (POP), which occurs when one of the pelvic organs falls out of place and into the vaginal wall.
What is Vaginal Laxity?
Vaginal laxity is a common issue for women experiencing a decrease in sexual satisfaction due to lack of friction during intercourse.
Pregnancy, vaginal delivery, and ageing can lead to vaginal trauma and stretching of the vaginal and introital tissues, which can result in loss of vaginal tightness. Vaginal laxity is more likely to occur when bearing more than one child, having a large baby, undergoing a forceps delivery, menopause and normal aging.
What are Symptoms of Associated with Vaginal Laxity?
Symptoms of vaginal laxity may include:
- Loss of sensation during intercourse
- Decreased sexual arousal / satisfaction
- Decreased libido
- Stress Urinary incontinence
Vaginal laxity can lead to a negative impact on female sexual function, body image and quality of life. The condition is poorly recognized and frequently under-reported.
How does Dr. Eisenhauer Diagnose Vaginal Laxity?
A pelvic examination should be scheduled to diagnose this condition. During the pelvic exam, Dr. Eisenhauer will check the pelvic organs, external genitalia, vagina and cervix. He can also check for signs of pelvic organ prolapse (POP), which occurs when one of the pelvic organs falls out of place and into the vaginal wall.
Treatments in Encinitas, California
Depending on your symptoms and the results of your pelvic exam and urine test, Dr. Eisenhauer will identify the correct treatment. Our office uses non-invasive laser technology to treat the symptoms associated with vaginal atrophy and vaginal laxity.
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