Laser Treatment for Vaginal Dryness

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Laser treatment is a breakthrough therapy to relieve vaginal dryness and restore gynecological health. This novel treatment is for women who are living with vaginal changes associated with low estrogen.

What causes vaginal dryness?

Estrogen, a hormone produced by your ovaries, is responsible for maintaining the moist, elastic tissue of your vulva and vagina. After menopause, breast cancer treatments, or a hysterectomy, estrogen levels drop. This leads to changes in the vaginal skin and can cause uncomfortable dryness.

Millions of women experience this low-estrogen vaginal disorder, also known as vaginal atrophy. These changes to your gynecologic health can interfere with your daily life and sexual health.

Without normal levels of lubrication, sex may be painful. Sometimes, bleeding and vaginal tearing can occur. Itching and irritation are common, and you may be at an increased risk for vaginal infections.

What are the traditional treatment options?

Women who seek treatment for vaginal dryness find their options are limited. Estrogen replacement and topical creams are not always desirable. For breast cancer survivors, estrogen replacement is often not an option.

For those patients, vaginal laser treatments may provide an alternative solution to vaginal dryness.

How does vaginal laser therapy work?

Laser treatments have been designed specifically to treat vaginal tissue. Like many laser facial treatments, the procedure uses energy to stimulate microscopic tissue disruption. This triggers a healing response, prompting the growth of new blood vessels and helping restore balance to the mucous membrane.

Cellular changes in collagen and elastin begin almost immediately, and most women report symptom relief after just one treatment.

What can I expect during treatment?

Treatment is fast and only takes about five minutes. You will not need any anesthesia, and most women say the procedure is relatively painless.

During laser treatment, a small wand is gently inserted into the vagina. The laser rotates 360 degrees, reaching an optimal level of vaginal tissue.

Do I need multiple treatments?

Your initial series usually involves two or three laser treatments. After that, you only need one yearly touchup to maintain the results.

Will I have any restrictions after the procedure?

Most women can return to normal activity right away after treatment. However, you should refrain from sexual activity for two to three days after the procedure.

Does insurance cover vaginal laser treatment?

Because this is a cutting-edge therapy, insurance companies do not cover this treatment option. Therapy is available through cash payment only at this time.

Vaginal laser treatments after menopause

Laser treatments are available to women who are experiencing vaginal dryness, pain and sexual discomfort after menopause. Vaginal atrophy is a chronic condition that is rarely resolved without treatment. Laser treatment is a cutting-edge therapy that could ease the natural effects of menopause and improve your quality of life.

Vaginal laser treatments for cancer survivors

Breast cancer survivors have an increased risk of premature menopause. So too do women who’ve had their ovaries surgically removed to reduce their risk of cancer. While hormone replacement therapy is safe for many survivors, it is not the right choice for everyone.

Vaginal laser treatments provide another path for treating the sexual side effects of cancer treatments. You go through so many changes after a cancer diagnosis, but vaginal laser treatment is a way to feel like yourself again.

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