Personalized Solutions for Vaginal Dryness
Sexual health is an important element of total body health. At Harmony Healing, we care for the inner health, skin health and sexual wellness of our patients. For many women, vaginal dryness is a debilitating issue that can significantly interfere with quality of life. It can lead to low libido, painful intercourse, light bleeding following intercourse, soreness, urinary tract infections, vaginal itching or burning and other issues. Fortunately, vaginal dryness is not something women have to simply endure anymore. There are several innovative treatment options available for vaginal dryness that work quickly and effectively.
Symptoms and Causes of Vaginal Dryness
Vaginal dryness can occur at any age but is most common in women who are menopausal or post-menopausal. This is because as women age, changes in hormone production can lead to thinning of the vaginal walls. When this happens, there are fewer moisture-secreting cells in the vagina, which can cause dryness. Besides aging, there are other factors that can cause a hormone shift resulting in vaginal dryness. These causes may include childbirth, breastfeeding, cigarette smoking, depression, stress, rigorous exercise, some cancer treatments or having had your ovaries surgically removed. It is normal to experience occasional vaginal dryness; however, if it does not go away, you should talk to your provider at Harmony Healing to discuss treatment options.
diVa® Laser Vaginal Therapy
Vaginal dryness is no match for diVa® Laser Vaginal Therapy. This innovative, fast and effective vaginal rejuvenation procedure improves the moisture, tone, elasticity and function of the vaginal canal by using two types of lasers in one treatment. It works by supporting collagen growth in the deeper layers of vaginal tissue, thereby improving blood circulation. This new collagen plumps and thickens the vaginal walls and in turn, improves natural lubrication. Women who experience bladder leakage or urinary stress incontinence may experience some symptom relief as a result of strengthened vaginal walls that support the bladder and urethra.
What to Expect During Your diVa® Treatment
A diVa® treatment session, in the comfort of our office, only takes a few minutes. The laser’s handpiece contains a single-use Strengthened Quartz Dilator (SQD) that is rotated through the treatment area while delivering pulses of energy through a new section of quartz to ensure laser efficiency. The single-use SQD eliminates the need to clean the handpiece, ultimately reducing the risk of cross-contamination. The diVa® treatment is not painful, although you may experience slight pressure against the vaginal wall as it is resurfaced. After treatment, you may experience an increase in sensitivity near the vaginal opening, but you can return to your normal routine immediately following treatment. Sexual intercourse should be refrained from for 48 hours after treatment.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
When hormones are imbalanced, vaginal health can suffer. After examining your existing hormone levels, we will look for deficiencies or imbalances that may be leading to vaginal dryness. Rather than offering traditional hormone replacement therapy, we prescribe customized bioidentical hormones that are chemically identical to the hormones naturally produced by your own body. Restoring your hormones to more youthful levels in this way can result in increased energy, a sharper memory, stronger bones, a healthier heart and an overall more youthful feeling. Vaginal dryness can also be remedied with bioidentical hormone therapy.
What to Expect During Your Treatment
Bioidentical hormone therapy begins with comprehensive lab testing and an in-depth questionnaire conducted in our office. Next, we will create a personalized bioidentical hormone treatment plan for you that we believe will relieve your vaginal dryness. Your bioidentical hormone therapy will be administered by Harmony Healing’s founder, Tiffany Frintz, who is a family nurse practitioner specializing in hormone therapy, medical weight loss, natural healing and aesthetics. She attends bioidentical hormone therapy training twice per year and is certified with the Academy for Preventive and Innovative Medicine by Worldlink. She always adheres to evidence-based practice guidelines when customizing bioidentical hormone therapy regimens.
Harmony Healing can help improve your quality of life through personalized treatments for vaginal dryness. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.