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Vaginal dryness in young women
Vaginal dryness is often associated with older women because it is one of the typical symptoms of menopause. However, this does not mean that young women cannot suffer from vaginal dryness. Unfortunately, even nowadays this topic is rarely discussed openly, as many young patients find it extremely uncomfortable when they suffer from dryness in the genital area. The vaginal dryness is nothing that women should be ashamed of. In addition, such complaints can often be gently and effectively alleviated using modern treatment methods. Laser therapy with MonaLisa Touch® is one of these options. In the following article we have summarized what causes vaginal dryness in young women and what treatment options are available.
Advice from the gynecologist
Many patients find it difficult to speak openly about intimate problems such as vaginal dryness. Since vaginal dryness is mainly associated with older patients, young women are often ashamed and shy away from going to their gynecologist. The accompanying symptoms such as burning and itching are then often downplayed by those affected and tried to suppress.
Rest assured: you are not alone with the complaints. Vaginal dryness is relatively common and can also be an issue in young women. There are many different causes that can lead to vaginal dryness. In a confidential and discreet conversation, I will get to the bottom of these possible triggers together with you in order to create a suitable treatment. Just a few behavior tips and changes can lead to an improvement. There are also non-invasive treatments that can reduce vaginal dryness.
Relief of moisture in the intimate area
The vaginal flora consists mainly of different types of lactic acid bacteria (lactobacilli). The moisture in the genital area ensures that the right conditions for these important bacteria to colonize and multiply prevail. If, on the other hand, the vagina is too dry and fine cracks form, for example, harmful bacteria and germs have an easier time getting into the body. As a result, inflammation and infection can occur more quickly.
In addition, the vagina needs moisture during sexual intercourse in order to protect itself from injuries. The vaginal secretions reduce friction. A lack of moisture can not only be uncomfortable but also lead to pain and irritation.
What causes vaginal dryness?
The possible reasons for vaginal dryness are very diverse. Often times, it occurs as a result of hormonal changes that occur during menopause. In younger women, excessive intimate hygiene, among other things, can lead to a dry vagina. Perfumed products and alkaline soaps in particular can have a negative effect on the intimate flora and lead to a decrease in the number of lactic acid bacteria. Stress and prolonged exertion can also lead to vaginal dryness. Other possible reasons are high nicotine or alcohol consumption, the use of certain medications or preparations (e.g. substances that can lead to an estrogen deficit), hormone fluctuations (e.g. during pregnancy or while breastfeeding), certain diseases ( e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure) and cancer therapies.
What helps with vaginal dryness?
Sometimes vaginal dryness can already be alleviated with a few tips that the affected women can try out at home. Relaxation exercises such as autogenic training or yoga can minimize stress and nervousness, some of which are the triggers for vaginal dryness. During your period, it may also be advisable to use sanitary towels or washable period underwear instead of tampons. The latter not only absorb the blood, but also other fluids, which can increase vaginal dryness. Furthermore, affected women can be careful not to overdo intimate hygiene and, for example, only use clear water.
If vaginal dryness is the result of a lack of estrogen, over-the-counter and hormone-free preparations for vaginal dryness can be tried. If you have pain and a dry vagina during intercourse, moisturizer or lubricant can be used to relieve the discomfort. Switching pills can also help relieve vaginal dryness in some women.
Gentle laser treatment to help with vaginal dryness
A supportive treatment option is the modern laser treatment with MonaLisa Touch®. During the procedure, light is aimed specifically at the mucous membranes of the genital area. This stimulates the formation of collagen and the formation of new cells. Small blood vessels (blood capillaries) are also formed. The treatment rejuvenates the genital area and improves hydration. Since the treatment only lasts five minutes and is painless without anesthesia, it can easily be carried out on an outpatient basis in the practice.
If you would like to find out more about the possibilities of MonaLisa Touch® against vaginal dryness or other vulvovaginal complaints, I would be happy to advise you in a personal conversation in my practice. Simply arrange your individual appointment.
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