Answers to Questions All Women Want to Know, But Are Too Afraid to Ask
While WellHealth Medical Group recommends regular checkups, it is also important to become an advocate for your wellbeing and learn more about topics pertaining to your overall health.
Painful sex. A lack of desire. Dryness. These are just some of the most common complaints women with vaginal atrophy face, yet a majority of them do not seek medical care to solve these problems. Many women are suffering in silence While WellHealth Medical Group recommends regular checkups, it is also important to become an advocate for your wellbeing and learn more about topics pertaining to your overall health. Dr. Melissa Gutierrez with WellHealth Medical Group is encouraging women to take action, and here is why:
Q: Studies show that nearly 50 percent of postmenopausal women deal with vaginal dryness, itching and pain and since it affects so many, why are women so afraid to talk about it?
A woman’s sexuality is very personal, and for this reason, it is often a sensitive subject. It is not typically discussed publicly due to the privacy of this topic, or because of feelings of embarrassment that something is wrong. This is why it is so important for a woman to find a gynecologist that makes her feel comfortable and establishing a good relationship with her/him so you can openly discuss your pelvic health without feeling judged or embarrassed.Q: If you have the symptoms mentioned above, how do you talk to your doctor about treatment options?
The first, and often scariest step, is just saying something. If it helps, you can write it on a piece of paper and give it to a doctor. Anything to get the conversation started. Vaginal dryness is a very common symptom, especially among postmenopausal women. The sooner your gynecologist knows about your symptoms, the quicker she/he can help you find relief.Q: What are treatment options for vaginal dryness, itching and pain?
There are multiple treatment options for vaginal dryness, irritation or pain. Some of these therapies include moisturizing creams or lubricants, hormonal vaginal creams or oral medications. There is also a new laser treatment therapy called the MonaLisa Touch.Q: Is laser therapy safe for the vaginal area, and what would a woman expect?
Yes, the treatment is very safe. The MonaLisa laser accurately delivers gentle pulses to the vaginal wall. The treatment is performed in office and is virtually painless. There is no need for anesthesia or downtime. The laser stimulates new collagen and elastin growth, as well as promotes vascularization of the vagina.Q: What kind of results can women expect?
Some women see less dryness within 12 hours of the first session, though it is recommended to do three treatments to see the full results. Improved vaginal health can last up to three to five years after treatment with the MonaLisa. There is no downtime after the treatment sessions, other than you must abstain from having sex for the week following treatment.