Vaginal dryness

Among the most common menopause issues — and unfortunately, one of the most difficult to discuss — are vaginal symptoms. There are many ways to treat vaginal symptoms including  lifestyle changes, hormonal treatments, and sometimes surgery may be recommended by your physician.

Out of 300,000 respondents who have taken our Menopause Assessment:
38%
experience vaginal dryness
82%
said that vaginal dryness negatively affects their quality of life in a significant way
~10
years on average that women experience vaginal dryness in  menopause

Vaginal dryness  can happen periodically throughout a woman’s life: during different parts of her cycle, while breastfeeding, and when taking certain medications. These occurrences are often temporary and resolve when the trigger is gone. In menopause, the concern is vaginal atrophy — when the vaginal wall becomes thin and dry, and can become inflamed. 

Before menopause, estrogen supports the layers in the walls of the vagina, keeping it thick and elastic.  

Once estrogen levels drop, the tissues become thinner and less elastic. A lot of women notice increased discomfort and/or decreased sensation due to these changes.

And as the vaginal tissues dry and thin, sex can become increasingly unpleasant or painful; even daily activity such as exercise or sitting can cause discomfort. Incontinence can arise or increase, and infections such as UTIs or yeast infections are of greater risk.

How we treat
vaginal dryness and atrophy:

We'll review your health history and listen to your symptoms.

Our providers will review your health history, family history, and gynecological history before your telemedicine visit.

During the 30-minute video call, your doctor will listen to your experience with menopause so far, including other symptoms you may be experiencing (like painful sex or low libido).

Talk to a menopause specialist during a 30-minute video visit through our secure telemedicine portal.

We offer evidence-backed treatments to relieve your symptoms, such as:

Lifestyle modifications & natural supplements

We'll explain how lifestyle changes at home can help boost moisture, like which daily moisturizers to try.

Medical interventions

Our doctors can prescribe vaginal hormonal creams, rings or tablets. By applying hormones to the vagina directly, the hormones stay in the area and aren’t routed systemically through the body, lowering their risks.

Surgical procedures

Our doctors can also discuss surgeries and laser treatments, like The Mona Lisa Touch. The Mona Lisa Touch, the only laser therapy (and there are many other devices on the market) with published studies showing results for reversing vaginal atrophy, stimulates new vaginal growth by causing tiny micro-tears in vaginal tissue

Feel 100% again and thrive in menopause.

Our doctors and health coaches are by your side, answering your questions and to monitor your symptoms. As your hormones fluctuate, your symptoms will change over time. Be sure to talk to your doctor about these changes so they may adjust your treatment plan to match your new needs.

Your plan changes as your menopause symptoms do.

92% of our patients report symptom relief after the first visit.

Everyone's experience with menopause is unique. That's why our integrated care model offers evidence-based treatments.

Dr. Savage helped remove the veil of mystery, and address the WHY all of these changes are happening. Just having clarity, and a knowledgeable person to bounce ideas and concerns off of is a huge gift. I will be chatting with Dr. Savage at least every 6-12 months to guide me through this journey! Gennev (so far) has filled the massive void that my traditional healthcare has been missing.

Dr. Dunsmoor-su was fantastic. She is very knowledgable and relatable. It was so refreshing to have a physician who does not just say, "that's what happens when you get older or you are middle aged, that's just how it is". She really listens and wants to help.
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Recommended Reading

We've interviewed leading experts in menopause and vaginal dryness over the years. These articles are a great starting point to educating yourself on this symptom (and others) of menopause.