What is vaginal dystrophy?
Vaginal dystrophy, or atrophic vaginitis, is drying, thinning, and inflammation of the vaginal walls. This condition results from a loss of estrogen and is quite common among menopausal women. For many, vaginal dystrophy can lead to painful intercourse and urinary symptoms. Given the interconnected nature of the urinary and vaginal symptoms of this condition, medical experts often refer to this condition as genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM).
What are the causes of vaginal dystrophy?
A decrease in estrogen causes GSM. With less estrogen in the body, the vaginal tissues become drier, thinner, more fragile, and less elastic. Estrogen levels may decrease before, during, and after menopause. They can also drop after surgical removal of both ovaries, as a side effect of breast cancer hormonal treatments, after pelvic radiation therapy, or after chemo.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of vaginal dystrophy include:
It can also lead to urinary incontinence, increased urinary tract infections (UTIs), burning with urination, painful intercourse, and a tightening or shortening of the vaginal canal.
How is it treated?
At Dermatology & Skin Health, we provide CO2RE Intima treatments to combat the signs and symptoms of vaginal dystrophy. CO2RE Intima is a laser system that has been cleared by the FDA to improve intimate wellness. Intima can stimulate new collagen production within the vaginal walls to increase firmness, flexibility, and improve lubrication.* If you’re interested in improving your intimate wellness without resorting to surgery, schedule a consultation today.
Schedule treatments in Seacoast, NH or North Shore, MA
Vaginal dystrophy can be very frustrating and embarrassing. Many women often live with their symptoms and never seek treatment. But we encourage you to schedule a consultation to find out how CO2RE Intima can help you. We are located in Dover and Newington, New Hampshire and Peabody, Massachusetts. Give us a call at (603) 742-5556 (Dover) or (978) 525-0100 (Peabody), or request your consultation online.