Dyspareunia, or painful intercourse, is a common problem that affects many women as they age. Estrogen is a hormone that is responsible for maintaining the natural health and moisture of the vagina. After menopause the levels of estrogen dramatically decrease which results in vaginal tissue that is thin, dry, and easily tears. These changes can cause discomfort and pain during sexual intercourse, leading to decreased sexual function and quality of life.
While menopause and the subsequent drop in estrogen is a normal part of the aging process, painful intercourse does not have to be. There are many effective treatment options available if dyspareunia becomes a problem. Vaginal estrogen is a safe and non-invasive way to restore the vaginal lining and decrease painful symptoms. As the hormone dose is very low, there are few side effects and risks, unlike traditional hormone replacement treatment. Alternative options exist for patients who are worried about hormonal therapy or are not receiving satisfactory results with their current treatment. Laser treatment, such as the MonaLisa, is a short treatment in the office which creates small abrasions in the vagina that increases collagen growth and restores the vaginal lining. Radiofrequency is an alternative option to laser therapy.
With the proper treatment and care, women can improve their sexual health and enjoy fulfilling intimacy. If you are struggling with painful intercourse, schedule a consultation today to find the treatment plan that works best for you.