Dyspareunia, or vaginal dryness, creates pain for the patient during and/ or after sexual intercourse. Dyspareunia affects as many as 22% of women in their lifetime. If you are one of those affected, talk to your vConfidence-certified doctor in Baltimore, MD today.
What is Dyspareunia?
Vaginal dryness occurs when there is no natural lubrication on the vaginal wall. This absence of moisture creates pain during penetration and can also create a sandpaper-like feeling after intercourse. The pain can also be caused by use of a tampon during menstruation. Many women with this condition find that painful intercourse negatively affects their sex life because they don’t want to experience the pain.
Causes of Dyspareunia
The main causes for this are reduced estrogen (a common side effect of menopause) and psychological triggers. Other causes include a yeast infection or UTI, physical vaginal trauma (such as childbirth), birth control, endometriosis, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Ovarian and cervical cancer can also create painful intercourse, so get tested for that while you’re at the doctor to eliminate that as a cause.
Many of these causes result in there being less collagen developing in the vagina, which is why vConfidence-certified doctors use methods to regenerate the collagen to treat the condition.
Treatment of Dyspareunia
One of the first treatment options will be to use an over-the-counter lubricant to see if that relieves any of the pain. When this does not work, it’s time to go to your vConfidence-certified doctor to find a more effective solution.
Laser treatment has proven to be an effective, minimally-invasive treatment that can restore collagen in the vagina creating natural lubrication. Your vConfidence-certified doctor will use the proven technology of the Intima, Femilift™, Viveve®, and FemTouch™ lasers. The treatment generally takes about fifteen minutes, and many women receive excellent results after just one treatment, but each person’s condition is different. The treatments are also pain-free and cost approximately $975 to $1,175 per treatment. These treatments even allow for no downtime, so you can enjoy the effects as soon as you get home.
Hormone replacement therapy can also be used to help relieve the symptoms of vaginal dryness in some cases.
Some psychological causes require therapy combined with other treatment. Talk to your doctor to see if they recommend this as a potential option for your condition.
Contact a vConfidence-certified doctor in Baltimore, MD to schedule a consultation and learn more about dyspareunia treatment in your area.
Dr. Maria Canter is a board-certified gynecologist and offers minimally invasive treatments in the Baltimore, MD area. She uses her education and expertise to find the perfect solution for each one of her patients, emphasizing the importance of comfort and education.