Vaginal dryness is a common cause of pain during intercourse, but it can also cause irritation, a burning sensation, and an increased risk of infection. Because vaginal dryness is often associated with the onset of menopause, you might wonder if an increase in vaginal dryness is a sign of perimenopause.
Regardless of whether you suspect perimenopause, you don’t have to put up with the annoyance of vaginal dryness. Dr. Essam Taymour and our team at Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group in Long Beach, California, can help you find relief from vaginal dryness and guide you as you adjust to perimenopause.
Is perimenopause the culprit of vaginal dryness?
Menopause is defined as 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. Perimenopause is the transition time before menopause. This stage is marked by shifting hormone levels, which can contribute to:
- Vaginal dryness
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes
- Sleep disturbances, including insomnia
- Mood changes, including irritability, mood swings, and depression
- Decreased libido
While perimenopause is one of the most common causes of vaginal dryness, it’s not the only one. Other causes of vaginal dryness include hormonal shifts unrelated to menopause such as the postpartum period, cancer treatments, breastfeeding, and certain medications including anti-estrogen medications and some cold medicines.
Dryness isn’t the only issue
Vaginal dryness, whether it’s due to perimenopause or not, creates unwanted complications. For example, the lack of vaginal lubrication can lead to vulva irritation, increased urinary frequency, and recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Treatment for vaginal dryness
Vaginal dryness is a nuisance, and it can lead to sexual dissatisfaction, health concerns, and added stress. Finding the right treatment can restore your confidence and eliminate your unwanted symptoms. The first step, however, is determining the cause of your vaginal dryness.
If perimenopause is the culprit, you may benefit from hormone replacement therapy. Not only does this treatment balance your hormones and reduce vaginal dryness, it also addresses other unwanted menopause symptoms.
In addition to hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Taymour also offers MonaLisa Touch®. It harnesses the power of laser energy to restore vaginal moisture and lubrication. The CO2 fractional laser stimulates collagen production in your vaginal wall. Also known as laser vaginal rejuvenation, MonaLisa Touch increases blood flow and lubrication 一 two things that enhance the function of the vagina.
Other options for combating dryness include:
- Vaginal treatments such as vaginal estrogen cream, tablets, or an estrogen ring
- Moisturizing lotions or creams, either applied daily or used only as a lubricant for intercourse
Whether you're looking for hormonal or nonhormonal options, Dr. Taymour can help you effectively address vaginal dryness and other symptoms of perimenopause. When you’re ready to explore your options, use our convenient online request tool or call us at 562-247-3038 to book an appointment.