Symptoms of Vaginal Atrophy
Vaginal atrophy is a condition that is best caught in its early stages as it progresses and only gets worse. Contact your doctor for a professional diagnosis of vaginal atrophy – they may perform a pelvic exam, urine test, and/or an acid balance test.
Some symptoms of vaginal atrophy include:
- Tightness and soreness during intercourse.
- Dryness or reduced lubrication.
- Thinning vaginal skin and/or pubic hair.
- Loss of plumpness and elasticity.
- Redness, swelling, or discolouration.
- Minor cuts near the vaginal opening.
Additionally, although less common, vulvar atrophy can be an issue that comes with vaginal atrophy or exists independently due to a lack of estrogen. Vulvar atrophy symptoms include:
- Itching in the labia or clitoris.
- Shrinking of the labia or clitoris.
- Dead or white-looking skin.
- Adhesion in the clitoris.
- Frequent urination.
- Frequent UTIs.
Can Vaginal Atrophy Be Reversed?
Yes, vaginal atrophy can be reversed – especially if you’re in the right hands, like the experienced gynecological team at SpaMedica. If you address the root cause of your vaginal atrophy before it’s too late or receive one of our revolutionary treatments to reverse vaginal atrophy, you do not need to worry.
Vaginal and vulvar atrophy occurs when estrogen levels drop, specifically during menopause in your 40s and 50s. Thankfully, there are many at-home and in-clinic options to prevent or reverse vaginal atrophy.
Ways to Reverse Vaginal Atrophy
Many women who experience minor vaginal atrophy and catch it early use over-the-counter vaginal lubricants to relieve any painful symptoms. Your doctor may also prescribe treatment options for your specific needs and symptoms if you’re in the early stages of atrophy.
As your estrogen levels begin to fall, you will continue to experience even more painful vaginal dryness and discomfort during intercourse. If moisturizers and lubricants don’t help these symptoms, you can also try other home remedies or contact the SpaMedica team for a long-term solution.
Home Remedies to Relieve Your Symptoms
The most common home remedy used to relieve early symptoms of vaginal atrophy is vaginal estrogen, which can come in the form of a topical cream applied to the vagina, a pill, or a ring you insert into the vagina. Increased estrogen means increased vaginal lubrication, elasticity, blood flow to the area, and a balanced pH.
If you are in the stages of more progressed vaginal atrophy, you may consider hormone replacement therapy to treat menopause symptoms. This comes in the form of a pill, patch, or gel. However, this treatment is not suited for everyone and has various risks associated with it, including blood clots, stroke, and cancer. If you want long-term treatment options with few risks, look no further than SpaMedica.
Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatments Offered by SpaMedica
SpaMedica offers a variety of vaginal rejuvenation treatments to help reverse atrophy, including MonaLisa Touch, Fractora V, IntimaLase, and Forma V.
MonaLisa Touch is a procedure that utilizes a carbon dioxide resurfacing laser to significantly improve the signs and symptoms of vaginal atrophy, laxity, and stress urinary incontinence. The procedure is ideal for treating the discomfort associated with a lack of vaginal moisture, severe inflammation, painful urination, and stress urinary incontinence. In addition, MonaLisa Touch can improve the painful symptoms experienced during sexual intercourse.
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It is normal for vaginal structures to sag and become more lax due to aging, weight loss, and pregnancy. The loss of estrogen affects the lining and strength of the vaginal canal and causes dryness, discharge, urinary incontinence, and pain during intimacy.
The Fractora V is a unique vaginal rejuvenation device that improves vaginal laxity and enhances tightening. Fractora V is a perfect solution to vaginal tightening, decreased urinary incontinence and more fulfilling, gratifying sexual intimacy and stimulation.
To learn more about Fractora V, click here.
An IntimaLase treatment is a non-surgical laser treatment designed to relieve the vaginal symptoms of vaginal atrophy that some women experience due to childbirth and aging. Like the MonaLisa Touch, the IntimaLase is a carbon dioxide laser device that allows for a comfortable and therapeutic rejuvenation of the lining of the vagina. After undergoing an IntimaLase treatment, patients can expect improvements in the lining of the vaginal walls and a significant reduction in the symptoms of vaginal dryness, discharge, pain, and atrophy.
The SpaMedica gynecology team often recommends combining the IntimaLase with the MonaLisa Touch and the Votiva Forma V and Fractora V to get the best possible tightening and rejuvenation of the vagina.
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Forma V and ThermiVa
Forma V and ThermiVa are both treatments involving temperature-controlled radiofrequency devices that heat the vaginal lining and tissues. In doing so, the treatment revitalizes the vaginal lining, tightens the vagina, and improves the symptoms of vaginal atrophy, laxity, and stress urinary incontinence. In addition, the treatment is ideal for patients who wish to combat the symptoms of dryness, discharge and painful intercourse.
To learn more about Forma V and ThermiVa, click here.
Our SpaMedica Specialist Can Help with Your Atrophy Concerns
Rated as one of the best gynecologists in Canada, Dr. Sasha Svystonyuk is known for utilizing an approach that combines esteemed surgical skills with supportive bedside manners.
An expert on female wellness and vaginal rejuvenation, Dr. Svystonyuk specializes in the health of the female reproductive system. Dr. Sasha specializes in treating vaginal health concerns such as dryness, pain, vaginal laxity, discharge and vaginal atrophy with advanced, non-invasive lasers and energy-based devices.
Learn more about how Dr. Svystonyuk can help reverse your vaginal atrophy and make you feel like yourself again here.