Morris Ahdoot, MD
OBGYN located in Irvine, CA
Vaginal dryness is one of the primary drivers of painful intercourse. Thankfully, it’s a highly treatable condition. Gynecologist Morris Ahdoot, MD understands the complexities of female sexual health and the conditions that can create excessive dryness. More importantly, he helps women in Irvine, California gain the upper hand on vaginal dryness with effective solutions, giving them a new lease on their sex lives. If you’re suffering from vaginal dryness, call or use the online scheduler to learn more.
Vaginal Dryness Q & A
How is the vagina lubricated?
To better understand vaginal dryness, it helps to take a look at the lubrication process inside your vagina.
Your vagina has a natural lubrication system that aids your sexual health, vaginal health, and childbirth. This system is present in two places: around your cervix and at the entrance of your vagina.
The glands around your cervix secrete moisture to protect the tissue inside, flushing out any dead cells and foreign substances to keep your vagina clean. The glands at the entrance of your vagina, which are called Bartholin’s glands, secrete extra moisture to facilitate sexual intercourse.
What causes vaginal dryness?
There are several causes of vaginal dryness, menopause chief among them.
As you pass from your reproductive years into your post-reproductive years, your egg production slows, as does your hormone production. This drop in hormones leads to a gradual “shutting down” of some of the systems inside your vagina, including lubrication.
Outside of menopause, the most common causes of vaginal dryness include:
- Medications that dehydrate you (decongestants, for example)
- Certain chemotherapies
- Topical sprays or douches
- Lack of sufficient foreplay and arousal
How is vaginal dryness treated?
To treat vaginal dryness, especially in the case of menopause, Dr. Ahdoot uses the state-of-the-art FemTouch™ laser system to stimulate your vaginal tissue for overall sexual health.
The laser prompts a mild healing response in your body, which includes new cell production and collagen. This process aids considerably in rejuvenating your vaginal tissue, making it thicker and more elastic.
Other treatments for vaginal dryness include:
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Topical estrogen creams
- Lifestyle recommendations, such as avoiding harmful vaginal cleaning products
Besides these treatments, it’s helpful to discuss your problem with your partner to find ways to increase lubrication through increased foreplay, especially as you age.
Whatever the reason behind your vaginal dryness, it’s essential to have a frank and honest discussion about the issue with Dr. Ahdoot so he can treat you properly. Gone are the days when women suffered in silence, especially with the exciting new treatment opportunities that address women’s sexual health.
If vaginal dryness is impacting your life, call Dr. Ahdoot or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.
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