Women’s Health

Vaginal Dryness Treatment in Venice & Bradenton, FL

Vaginal dryness is a common symptom that many women experience at various points in their lifetime. When a woman’s body is no longer able to produce enough of the estrogen hormone, it can result in several side effects, including vaginal dryness.

Individuals with vaginal dryness may require intervention and proper management of their symptoms from Dr. Matthew Ercolani, though there are many notable treatment options available to all women located throughout Venice, Bradenton & Sarasota.

Causes of Vaginal Dryness

Although we know that a drop in estrogen levels can lead to vaginal dryness, there are still many possible sources to a woman’s lowered hormone production. Most commonly, vaginal dryness is associated with other typical symptoms of menopause, though it can also be brought on by:

  • Childbirth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Douching
  • Immune system disorders
  • Side effects of medications, especially those used to treat reproductive disorders such as uterine fibroids or endometriosis
  • Cancer treatments in the pelvic region
  • Smoking
  • Depression
  • Immense amounts of stress
  • Oophorectomy (surgical removal of the ovaries)
  • Rigorous exercise

When to Contact Elite Urology of Southwest Florida

Sadly, many women assume their vaginal dryness to be an unavoidable part of transitioning through menopause, or as a normal side effect from a variety of other sources. There is absolutely no reason to suffer from vaginal dryness when there are many treatments offered to women throughout the Southwest Florida area.

If you experience any sort of itching, burning, or general pain in or around the vagina, it is always best to contact your physician to get an accurate diagnosis of your symptoms. Once they perform a standard pelvic examination, Dr. Ercolani will be able to determine if your discomfort is a result of vaginal dryness, or if additional testing is needed to explore other potential causes.

Treatments for Vaginal Dryness

At Elite Urology of Southwest Florida, our providers understand that no two patients are exactly alike. For this reason, we aim to offer as many different solutions as possible to common sexual health issues, including vaginal dryness.

Lubricants

There are many different types of lubricants that are available over-the-counter, meaning there is no prescription needed to begin finding relief for your vaginal dryness and discomfort. If your body is known to be sensitive to new products or materials, it is recommended that you consult with Dr. Ercolani before trying any OTC lubricants in order to find one that will not irritate the vaginal tissues.

Medications

A majority of women will utilize a deposited tablet, hormonal ring, or topical cream to help manage pain caused by vaginal dryness. All of these options are designed to directly deliver a controlled amount of estrogen to the vagina, though they are not recommended for patients with a history of:

  • Breast cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding

Topical medications in particular are also not advised for patients who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an excellent treatment option for women suffering from vaginal dryness in addition to other common sexual dysfunction symptoms and side effects. HRT is usually administered by taking a daily oral pill, though it can also be applied via a skin patch, gel, cream, or inserted ring.

Laser Therapy Procedures

In recent years there has been an incredible amount of improvement made for long-lasting vaginal rejuvenation procedures. These treatments involve specially designed tools and devices that apply a controlled amount of heat to the vaginal tissue to jumpstart rapid healing and regenerative properties. This procedure is especially helpful for women that are seeking non-hormonal treatment for vaginal dryness.

Scheduling a Consultation

If you have any additional questions about vaginal dryness or the multiple types of treatment offered by Elite Urology of Southwest Florida, please give us a call today at (941) 260-4440 to request an appointment with one of our experienced physicians!

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