At Demeter Regeneration, we understand that many people suffer issues with sexual function, and until recently there have been little to no treatment options available. Sexual issues are rarely spoken about, but can effect individuals lives by causing low self-esteem and low libido. That's why we offer treatment options for both male and female sexual function.
Around 40% of women experience some level of sexual difficulty with diminished vaginal lubrication, pain and discomfort with intercourse, decreased arousal or difficulty in achieving orgasm. These symptoms are classified as female sexual dysfunction. Often after childbirth, women experience some of these issues, but many have other underlying causes that need to be addressed. As women age the thinning of genital tissues, decreased skin elasticity, scarring or pain can easily interfere with sexual enjoyment. Generally these issues worsen with age into post-menopause but can occur at any stage of their life. One of these sexual function issues is vaginal atrophy, which affects many women around the world due to a decrease in estrogen after menopause.
What is Vaginal Atrophy?
Atrophic vaginitis is thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls that may occur when your body has less vaginal estrogen, often a syndrome of menopause. When estrogen levels fall, vaginal atrophy symptoms become more severe. It occurs most often in peri- and post menopausal women. Doctors use the term "genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM)" as the condition is often accompanied by both vaginal and urinary symptoms and pain after estrogen loss.
Vaginal Atrophy Symptoms
The most common symptoms include:
- vaginal dryness
- burning in the vagina
- vaginal discharge
- pain or discomfort during intercourse
- Less natural vaginal lubrication in sexual activity
- genital itching
- Light bleeding after intercourse
- Shortening and tightening of the vaginal canal
- Sparse pubic hair
- Poor vaginal muscle elasticity and tone
- Burning and stinging
- Needing to urinate frequently
- Regular urinary tract infections
- Leaking urine
- Urinary incontinence
What causes vaginal atrophy?
It is most commonly a syndrome of menopause, a natural process which women will experience around the age of 50. Menopause causes a decrease in vaginal estrogen production due to the body no longer preparing itself to produce children. This decrease of vaginal estrogen tends to make vaginal tissues thinner, less elastic, drier and more fragile, which causes the symptoms listed above. However, it does not only occur in postmenopausal women. Lower estrogen levels can also occur in the years leading to menopause, after surgical ovary removal, during breast-feeding, while health medication (such as birth control), after radiation therapy or chemotherapy for cancer, or as a side effect of breast cancer hormonal treatment.
Can vaginal atrophy be reversed?
If you think you may be suffering from atrophic vaginitis, there are treatment options available that may reverse the symptoms. Whilst each individual's health case is different and may require different treatment options, we will assess your situation and make the best assessment for you. Don't give up hope if you have lived with these symptoms for a long time- there are new forms of medicine and health treatments that have been proven to reduce or eliminate the effects of vaginal atrophy.
Why should you seek Treatment?
The symptoms of vaginal atrophy, whether mild or severe, will often have negative affects on a woman's health and self-esteem, especially for postmenopausal women. It is completely your choice whether you choose to seek estrogen therapy for these symptoms, but there are various benefits to overcoming this issue.
- Sexual function: there is no doubt vaginal dryness and soreness will affect your health and desire and enjoyment of sexual activity, especially if you are going through menopause. For many people, sex is a large aspect of a relationship or someone's life, and these symptoms can easily get in the way of this. By treating this issue, you can regain your confidence in the bedroom, and enjoy yourself much more, gaining back your old sex drive.
- Self-confidence: Living with the symptoms of vaginal atrophy can get in the way of living your best, health-filled life, whether you are always needing to go to the bathroom, or you are scared to have sex. By treating or curing these symptoms, you can feel better about yourself and go back to feeling confident in your abilities, health and experiences.
Treatment of Vaginal Atrophy
As a syndrome of menopause, the treatment for atrophic vaginitis will vary between individuals according to how severe their case is, or if you are going through sensitive health issues such as breast cancer. There are a number of different levels of estrogen therapy which begin with medications such as a vaginal moisturizer, or water-based, glycerin-free lubricants. (glycerin may cause burning and itching if there are any tears or breaks in vaginal tissues.) These can make up for natural moisture you may have lost after menopause and provide relief and reduced pain during sexual activity. Other, more advanced treatments include:
- The vaginal estrogen tablet: a tablet that is inserted into your vagina which dissolves and inserts estrogen, increasing your estrogen levels after menopause.
- The estrogen ring: a flexible, rubber band-like ring that is inserted into the upper portion of your vagina, which continually releases estrogen. It is replaced every three months.
- Other options include, patches, tablets, high-dosage rings, or gels that work to increase estrogen levels.
As a leading Gynaecologist, Fertility health specialist and Obstetrician Dr David Knight is able to perform specialist surgical gynaecologist services and treatment of vaginal atrophy in his Sydney clinic. He is a renowned Gynaecologist, Obstetrician and Fertility Specialist.
For more than two decades, Dr Knight has practiced in the area of reproductive medicine. His knowledge and experience in fertility treatments and reproductive medicine is widely sought after, placing him at the forefront of his industry. He has been integral in the development and implementation of processes to maximise patient outcomes whilst minimising all types of costs, including financial, time and emotional costs.
His achievements and expertise in the field of fertility, dovetail seamlessly with regenerative medicine, where scientific advances are now making the seemingly impossible, possible, for a wide range of patients, in addition to those seeking to conceive.
Dr Knight is supported by a highly trained team of medical professionals, who are committed to offering you an unparalleled level of care.
The Demeter Difference
At Demeter Regeneration Sydney, our team of doctors and qualified medical clinicians, are at the forefront of non-surgical, aesthetic and reproductive rejuvenation therapies. Utilising cutting edge technology, our restorative treatments tap into your body’s natural intelligence and effectively stimulate its inherent ability to heal. Regenerative therapies do not rely upon pharmaceuticals or synthetic implants to stimulate and support the body’s natural healing process. Women no longer need to suffer with their symptoms though as we have a non-invasive, regenerative treatment option available for their vaginal issues.
If you would like to contact Demeter Regeneration about a consultation on treatment options, please do not hesitate to first give us a call or to book an appointment. At Demeter Regeneration we understand that undertaking sensitive treatments for vaginal issues can be a big decision, especially if you have had hesitations about undertaking vaginal rejuvenation in the past. The staff at our clinic would love to call you or book a consultation to discuss your personal situation, including health goals and worries you may have.
By contacting us today, we can put you in touch with any one of our friendly professionals, who will detail costs, treatment lengths, options, and make an assessment about whether vaginoplasty is right for you.