Vaginal Dryness Specialist

Nature Coast Women's Care & Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Aesthetic Medicine Practice located in Tallahassee, FL

A change in hormone levels affects many areas of your life, including your sex life. But you have options. If low estrogen levels are causing vaginal dryness, the team at Nature Coast Women's Care & Family Medicine in Tallahassee, Florida, can help. In addition to hormone therapy, the team also offers advanced laser treatment to rejuvenate vaginal tissue with the revolutionary CO2RE Intima®. If you’re experiencing vaginal dryness and would like to know more about your treatment options, call the office or book an appointment online.

Vaginal Dryness Q & A

What is vaginal dryness?

Vaginal dryness is a condition that affects many women, but most often older women after menopause. The dryness occurs due to a decrease in estrogen levels, which affects vaginal lubrication and causes thinning and shrinking of your vaginal tissue.

While menopause is the primary cause of vaginal dryness for most women, you may experience the condition if you’re:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Overly stressed or depressed
  • Using anti-hormone medications
  • Undergoing chemotherapy
  • Smoking cigarettes

You may also experience vaginal dryness if you’ve had surgery to remove your ovaries or if you’ve recently had a baby.

What are other symptoms of vaginal dryness?

In addition to the dryness, you may also experience:

  • Painful intercourse or bleeding after intercourse
  • Burning during urination
  • Vaginal itchiness or soreness

If you’re experiencing these symptoms and they’re affecting your quality of life, the medical professionals at Nature Coast Women's Care & Family Medicine offer a number of options to help.

Before making recommendations, the doctor performs a pelvic exam to view the vaginal wall for signs of changes, which might include dryness, redness, thinner skin, or paleness.

What are the treatment options for vaginal dryness?

To relieve the discomfort and symptoms from vaginal dryness, treatment options include:

  • Lubricants and vaginal moisturizing creams
  • Estrogen creams, pills, or suppositories
  • Hormone therapy
  • Vaginal rejuvenation

Treatment for vaginal dryness not only relieves symptoms, but may also prevent cracks and breaking of your vaginal skin and infections such as a yeast infection.

Scented soaps, lotions, and douches may make the dryness worse, so you should avoid them.

What is CO2RE Intima?

CO2RE Intima is an aesthetic laser treatment that rejuvenates vaginal tissue. The advanced technology uses a CO2 laser to stimulate the production of new vaginal tissue to improve tone and flexibility and reduce dryness, itching, and pain.

The women’s health professionals at Nature Coast Women's Care & Family Medicine offer the procedure in the office, which takes less than 15 minutes. You may experience mild discomfort while the CO2RE Intima laser stimulates the walls of your vagina, but the feeling doesn’t last long.

If vaginal dryness is negatively affecting your life, call the office or book an appointment online to learn about all your treatment options.

*Individual results may vary.

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