Vaginal atrophy is a common OB/GYN problem in the Woodlands that many women seek relief from. This is caused when the vaginal wall becomes dry and thin from menopause, which causes painful intercourse, vaginal itching and burning, and even urinary incontinence. Fortunately, laser treatments have been developed specifically to address vaginal atrophy. If you’re thinking of talking to your doctor about this treatment at your next gynecological check up in the Woodlands, here’s some information to help you know a little more about these treatments.
The purpose of any treatment for vaginal atrophy is to address the problem of lower estrogen that cases the dryness and pain. Laser treatments help stimulate the production of collagen as well as strengthen the tissue. This is achieved using laser beam pulses for less than a tenth of a second. The pulse strength is closely monitored so that the characteristics of the vaginal wall can be mimicked. These pulses restore the vaginal mucous membrane, rehydrate the vaginal walls, and boost collagen production. This means that the same results as hormone replacement therapy can be achieved without the dangers associated with estrogen, like an increased risk of breast cancer.
The results for patients experiencing painful intercourse are very promising after 12 weeks of receiving laser treatment. In fact, according to one study, 100% of the patients had improvements in intercourse pain after these treatments. Since the treatment is relatively new, there aren’t as many studies as other treatments. However, thousands of women have received this treatment and report favorable results.
A concern of any treatment is the possible side effects, so it’s important to know of any possible laser therapy side effects as well. Directly following the procedure, women will probably experience burning, redness, swelling, or itching. For most women, these side effects only last a day or two. To date, there have been no long-term side effects resulting from laser treatment for vaginal atrophy. A major benefit of laser rejuvenation is that no anesthesia is required, so the risks of anesthesia that many women fear are completely eliminated. Recovery time is short and most women can resume regular activities right away and sexual activity can be resumed in 5 days.