Collaborative Post | Struggling with the scary and painful symptoms of vaginal atrophy?
As a midlife woman, you know it's essential to maintain your health and keep up to date with treatments for common challenges that may arise. Vaginal atrophy can be a dreaded condition, but don't worry! Many different treatments available could make all the difference in getting relief from your symptoms.
In this article, we'll explain precisely what vaginal atrophy is and provide information on different treatments, including self-treatment options, topical oestrogen treatment, and vaginal dilators. After reading this article, you will better understand how to get relief from the challenges associated with vaginal atrophy.
Read on now to learn more about treatments for vaginal atrophy
What is Vaginal Atrophy?
Vaginal atrophy is a common yet uncomfortable condition that affects up to one in three women. It occurs when oestrogen production decreases which causes the thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls – otherwise known as Vulvo-Vaginal Atrophy (VVA).
Symptoms include itching, burning and pain during sex or urination due to dryness, leaving post-menopausal women in significant discomfort and distress.
Although anyone can experience this, it’s most seen in those over forty who are going through - or have gone through - menopause.
Unfortunately, it can impact women’s confidence and self-esteem so it’s important that help is sought for symptoms early on to avoid further issues down the line
Self-Treatment for Labial Atrophy
Self-treatment for labial atrophy is an excellent remedy if symptoms are mild. Your GP might suggest using over-the-counter options, such as vaginal moisturisers or lubricants.
This should be applied several times a day to get some much-needed relief from discomfort. When it comes to sexual intercourse, it’s best to use a water-based lubricant to reduce irritation and the inflammation found in this condition.
It’s worth making sure that products with glycerine are avoided, as this ingredient could worsen your burning sensations and increase the chances of infection. An alternative option is petroleum jelly which may be helpful, but consult your doctor before opting for either. All these topical measures can make life much easier if you suffer from labial atrophy
Topical Oestrogen Treatment
Topical Oestrogen Treatment for Vaginal Atrophy is a convenient and effective way to alleviate symptoms of menopause. It helps increase oestrogen levels and, with regular use, can ease uncomfortable dryness often associated with this stage of life.
With options including oral oestrogen placed inside the vaginal wallers (pessaries), vaginal oestrogen rings, or vagina oestrogen cream, there's something to suit everyone's individual lifestyle needs. Plus, unlike other treatments, vaginal oestrogen generally yields results quickly - some people notice a difference after only a few weeks. So if you're experiencing discomfort due to vaginal atrophy, talk to your GP today about topical oestrogen treatment as an option – it could provide the relief you need in no time at all.
Vaginal dilators are an option for treating vaginal atrophy that does not involve hormones. This device stimulates and stretches the muscles of the vagina, allowing it to relax and reverse any narrowing of the walls.
Not only can this provide relief from painful sex, but it is a non-invasive solution, available without a prescription. However, your healthcare provider may suggest both physical therapy and the use of vaginal dilators if symptoms are more severe. A professional will be able to show you how to properly use them for best results.
Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post.
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