Vaginal dryness is a common symptom of menopause, but something that doesn’t always receive a lot of attention. For women in and around the communities of Orange County and Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California, Terese Harris, MD, FACOG, offers treatments that can help restore proper vaginal moisture. Learn more during a personal consultation with Dr. Harris, which you can schedule online or over the phone.
The walls of your vagina normally have a thin layer of clear fluid that provides lubrication. The hormone estrogen helps your body manufacture that fluid and keeps your vaginal walls thick, elastic, and healthy.
When estrogen levels decline, that fluid production also decreases. This can lead to vaginal dryness, which is one of the primary symptoms of menopause.
Vaginal dryness can create irritation in your vaginal walls. It can also make sex very uncomfortable, which over time can change the way you think about sexual intimacy with your partner.
Menopause isn’t the only cause of vaginal dryness. Anything that causes your estrogen levels to drop can lead to the condition. Examples include:
If you notice vaginal changes that impact your sex life or create discomfort, call Dr. Harris for a thorough diagnostic work-up.
Dr. Harris begins by discussing your symptoms. She may ask questions about when you notice discomfort and how the sensations affect your sex life.
A pelvic exam allows her to examine your vaginal walls. She looks for skin that appears thin, red, or pale in color. She might also test your vaginal discharge to rule out non-hormonal causes for your condition.
Hormone testing allows Dr. Harris to determine if declining estrogen levels are to blame for your symptoms. If that appears to be the case, treatment efforts focus on restoring optimal vaginal moisture levels.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a powerful means of treating vaginal dryness. Even better, if you’re also experiencing other symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, sleep disruption, or mood swings, HRT can improve those issues, as well. Alternatively, Dr. Harris has many compounded non-hormonal formulations that combat dryness along with pharmaceutical means and radiofrequency vaginal treatments.
Dr. Harris offers several methods of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Pellet therapy is a preferred approach, as it delivers a steady stream of hormones over time. Other options can create a roller-coaster effect that can be nearly as disruptive as the symptoms you’re trying to manage.
When you’re ready to explore treatment for vaginal dryness, set up a time to sit down with Dr. Harris to discuss your needs. Booking an appointment takes just moments online or by phone, so make today the day you put your health and wellness at the top of your to-do list.