Learn More About a Female Dryness 'Cure' in St. Louis
One of the most noticeable symptoms of vaginal atrophy due to aging and hormone shifts is vaginal dryness. St. Louis' West County Plastic Surgeons routinely hears from women dealing with the problem and complaining of everything from discomfort to pain as a result.
One of the leading culprits behind vaginal dryness is atrophic vaginitis, a condition marked by several changes to the vaginal area, including tissue laxity and a loss of moisture. These symptoms, both separately and together, can lead to decreased or unpleasant sensations during sexual intercourse. There are solutions that allow for vaginal rejuvenation, including the nonsurgical Geneveve™ by Viveve, which uses radiofrequency energy to rebuild collagen in vaginal tissues—providing more moisture as well.
West County Plastic Surgeons is committed to helping women get a better quality of life by addressing their questions related to women's health in St. Louis at Washington University. Come in for a consultation to discuss any of the subjects mentioned above—and more. Call (314) 996-8800 or send a message online.Request Your Consultation
What Causes Vaginal Dryness?
Vaginal atrophy and associated vaginal dryness is mainly due to a drop in a woman's estrogen levels, which can happen for a variety of reasons. Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can cause hormone fluctuations, as can any significant life shift. Other factors to consider are smoking tobacco, taking medications, and developing immune disorders. Any of these things—or some combination of them—can reduce estrogen in the body and cause a corresponding lack of moisture.
Post Menopausal Vaginal Dryness
Menopause, an end to a woman's monthly menstrual cycles, is marked by a significant drop in estrogen. As the average age for this natural process is 51 in the United States, many women find that they have decades ahead of them without the hormone that has long kept their vaginal tissues elastic and lubricated.
Post Cancer Treatment Vaginal Dryness
Treatment for breast cancer is another significant trigger of vaginal dryness. As their name implies, estrogen blockers used during treatment and in the years afterward lower levels of the hormone, which leads to vaginal membranes thinning and making less fluids for lubrication. Since cancer—and its treatment—can happen at virtually any age, this is not a problem only for older women.
Vaginal Dryness and Painful Intercourse
Because proper lubrication is important for sexual intercourse, vaginal dryness can make what should be a pleasant and intimate experience into a painful problem. Decreased moisture leads to increased friction, which can cause irritation and a corresponding loss of libido and ability to orgasm.
Since sex can be such a private and intimate subject, some women find that they are reluctant to discuss painful intercourse and vaginal dryness, even with their partner or a medical professional.
The West County Plastic Surgeons team makes a point of working with discretion and compassion, encouraging women to speak up for themselves and do something about a health situation preventing them from enjoying their lives to the fullest.
How Does Geneveve™ by Viveve Address Vaginal Dryness?
Geneveve by Viveve's radiofrequency energy stimulates fresh collagen growth, which provides multiple benefits to lax and dry vaginal tissues. Collagen is a protein that builds strong, yet flexible frameworks, making it ideal for strengthening soft tissues that should also hold a distinct shape. Collagen also serves as a scaffold for molecules that hold onto water, allowing for an increase in moisture in the treated area.
The lubricating results can last for a year or longer, after which women can be treated again to further enjoy the moisturizing benefits.
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Other Benefits of Treating Vaginal Dryness
The female dryness cure available via Geneveve™ by Viveve does more than improve lubrication. The radiofrequency energy can also improve blood flow in the area, increase tissue elasticity, and tighten the labia—all of which can have a positive impact on sensations during sexual intercourse.
Some women find that they struggle with urinary incontinence as estrogen levels fall and vaginal tissues become looser and dryer. The available nonsurgical treatment at West County Plastic Surgeons can also help with this problem by strengthening tissues that support the bladder.
Beyond Vaginal Dryness
Women who experience vaginal dryness among other unwanted body changes after childbirth—or multiple childbirths—may also have more areas they would like addressed on their body. A Mommy Makeover is a customized set of treatments and procedures designed to help a woman look and feel more like the way she did before getting pregnant and having a baby. In addition to vaginal tightening and lubrication, a patient may choose a breast augmentation or lift, a tummy tuck, liposuction, and more to deal with sagging, loose skin and stubborn excess fat.