Christine Wu, MD
Gynecologist located in Philadelphia, PA
Vaginal dryness is a common complaint among menopausal women, although this issue can affect women at any point in life. Expert gynecologist Christine Wu, MD, in Philadelphia understands the complications and side effects of vaginal dryness. She offers many solutions to help resolve vaginal discomfort, including the state-of-the-art MonaLisa® treatment. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Wu by calling the office, or by booking online.
Vaginal Dryness Q & A
What causes vaginal dryness?
Vaginal dryness stems from reduced estrogen. That typically occurs as you get close to — or are going through — menopause. But you might also experience vaginal dryness due to:
- Pregnancy or childbirth
- Ovarian removal surgery
- Radiation or chemotherapy
Certain medications can lead to vaginal dryness, too, so it’s important to discuss all of your medications with Dr. Wu (including supplements and over-the-counter drugs).
Why is vaginal dryness a concern?
One of the primary concerns of vaginal dryness is that it can affect your desire for intercourse. Vaginal dryness often makes sexual intercourse uncomfortable, or even painful. These effects can put a damper on your libido and affect your relationship.
With vaginal dryness, you’re more prone to tears throughout your delicate vaginal skin either by inserting a tampon, sexual intercourse, or both. This can open you up to several types of infections.
How is vaginal dryness treated?
You have plenty of treatment options for vaginal dryness, so Dr. Wu spends time helping you decide which plan is best for you.
Some women experience relief by merely going through hormone replacement therapy to stabilize estrogen. You could also benefit from vaginal moisturizers or lubricants, or from estrogen suppositories.
Many of Dr. Wu’s patients also benefit from MonaLisa Touch treatments. MonaLisa Touch is a revolutionary laser system that delivers energy to your vaginal walls, triggering a process that builds new vaginal tissues after just a few treatments. Each treatment only takes five minutes.
Not only does MonaLisa Touch resolve lubrication issues, but it also tightens vaginal walls and improves elasticity. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and any underlying issues, it might be best to combine different treatments until you find what works for you.
If you’re experiencing uncomfortable vaginal dryness or related symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wu by calling or by using the online scheduler.