Aug 02, 2017

Myth: vaginal dryness will go away by itself.


Most, if not all women experience vaginal and bladder changes as they age. It’s extremely common and yet, not many women talk about it. In fact, in one of the largest studies of women and the transition to menopause, it was found that the majority were too embarrassed to even talk to their doctor about symptoms like vaginal dryness, irritation, burning, painful intercourse, pain with exercise, bleeding with intercourse, increased frequency of urination or urgency and leakage. When asked why, a common answer was that they thought the symptoms would “clear up” on their own.

If you’re one of these women, we have good and bad news. The bad news is, it’s not going away on its own. The good news is, it can go away.

Here is a list of everything you need to know about urogenital atrophy (UGA); the medical condition that your vaginal and bladder symptoms are a sign of.

  1. UGA is caused by hormonal imbalances related to the transition to menopause. Urogenital atrophy is the medical term used to describe the thinning tissues of the vagina and vulva that can happen with the dwindling levels of estrogen that occurs with peri-menopause and menopause. The majority of women who experience vaginal irritation and bladder leakage symptoms as a result, don’t realize they are linked to menopause. Some women experience the same symptoms as a result of a hysterectomy or breast cancer treatment, both of which cause similar hormonal imbalances.
  2. It is extremely common. Many peri-menopausal and almost all postmenopausal women experience some form of UGA. Vaginal and bladder symptoms are natural and are faced by most women as they age.
  3. It is a chronic, progressive condition. Because the root cause of UGA symptoms is hormonal, they are likely to worsen and won’t “clear up” over time. If left untreated, the condition will continue to progress and can intensify.
  4. It requires medical attention. UGA symptoms should not be left untreated. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, do not suffer in silence! Do not put off seeing your doctor and make an appointment to have them addressed.
  5. Extremely effective treatments are available. And finally, here’s the good news. There are new treatments available now that are revolutionizing the way doctors treat UGA. They have been shown to reverse symptoms and return women’s lives to normal. And unlike treatments in the past, they are completely safe, painless and non-invasive.

Here are the new treatment options that women are calling “life-changing.”

CO2 fractional laser therapy (MonaLisa Touch®)
For decades, the medical community has used lasers for various conditions but most notable has been the facial resurfacing CO2 fractional lasers. This same technology is now being used for treatment of urogenital atrophy of the vagina/vulva and with tremendous success. CO2 fractional laser therapy is revolutionizing vaginal health and consistently provides great results that have been profound for many patients. The principle of this treatment is the laser stimulates the body to heal itself. Studies show that the laser causes re-vascularization, re-collagenization, re-keratinization, improved elastin and glycogen production as well as returning the pH back to normal ranges. It’s typically three quick 5 minute in-office treatments 6 weeks apart that does not require anesthesia and there’s no downtime. MonaLisa Touch® laser therapy has been shown to provide overwhelmingly positive results and symptom relief following just one treatment. The recommended cycle includes three five-minute treatments, six weeks apart. This timing allows for significant or complete relief of symptoms including improved bladder control, increased vaginal lubrication and improved sexual function for approximately one year, after which another treatment session may be recommended.

Photobiomodulation Therapy (vSculpt Pro®) is a non-invasive, light, heat and vibratory-energy-based, in-home treatment device that stimulates muscle, and connective tissue cells resulting in improved bladder control, increased vaginal lubrication and sensation, overall toning, tightening of the pelvic floor muscles and improved sexual function. vSculpt Pro® is a safe, affordable, in-home treatment that can be used alone or in conjunction with MonaLisa Touch®.

Microcurrent Point Stimulation is a therapy performed by a pelvic floor physiotherapist using a state-of-the-art medical device for the effective and safe treatment of pelvic pain, often eliminating the need for drugs.

All treatment options are available at the Institute for Hormonal Health. Learn more at Call for an appointment at (905)844-8884 or send an email to

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