Vaginal Dryness Treatment in Sherman Oaks, CA
Vaginal dryness is a common symptom that many women experience at various points in their lifetime. When a woman’s body is no longer able to produce enough of the estrogen hormone, it can result in several side effects, including vaginal dryness.
Dr. Richard David, a urologist in Sherman Oaks, California, provides expert care for women experiencing vaginal dryness. Dr. David specializes in providing effective approaches to address and alleviate vaginal dryness. Call (818) 990-5020 to schedule an appointment at our urology clinic in Sherman Oaks, CA today!
Causes of Vaginal Dryness
Although we know that a drop in estrogen levels can lead to vaginal dryness, there are still many possible sources to a woman’s lowered hormone production. Most commonly, vaginal dryness is associated with other typical symptoms of menopause, though it can also be brought on by:
- Immune system disorders
- Side effects of medications, especially those used to treat reproductive disorders such as uterine fibroids or endometriosis
- Cancer treatments in the pelvic region
- Immense amounts of stress
- Oophorectomy (surgical removal of the ovaries)
- Rigorous exercise
When to Contact Dr. David
Sadly, many women assume their vaginal dryness to be an unavoidable part of transitioning through menopause, or as a normal side effect from a variety of other sources. There is absolutely no reason to have the negative symptoms that come from vaginal dryness when there are many treatments offered to women throughout the Sherman Oaks area.
If you experience any sort of itching, burning, or general pain in or around the vagina, it is always best to contact your physician to get an accurate diagnosis of your symptoms. Once they perform a standard pelvic examination, Dr. David will be able to determine if your discomfort is a result of vaginal dryness, or if additional testing is needed to explore other potential causes.
Treatments for Vaginal Dryness
Dr. David understands that no two patients are exactly alike. For this reason, we aim to offer as many different solutions as possible to common sexual health issues, including vaginal dryness.
There are many different types of lubricants that are available over-the-counter, meaning there is no prescription needed to begin finding relief for your vaginal dryness and discomfort. If your body is known to be sensitive to new products or materials, it is recommended that you consult with Dr. David before trying any OTC lubricants in order to find one that will not irritate the vaginal tissues.
A majority of women will utilize a deposited tablet, hormonal ring, or topical cream to help manage pain caused by vaginal dryness. All of these options are designed to directly deliver a controlled amount of estrogen to the vagina, though they are not recommended for patients with a history of:
- Breast cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
Topical medications in particular are also not advised for patients who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an excellent treatment option for women suffering from vaginal dryness in addition to other common sexual dysfunction symptoms and side effects. HRT is usually administered by taking a daily oral pill, though it can also be applied via a skin patch, gel, cream, or inserted ring.
Schedule a Consultation for Vaginal Dryness Treatment in Sherman Oaks, CA
If you have any additional questions about vaginal dryness or the multiple types of treatment, contact Dr. Richard David to discuss the treatments offered at our urology clinic in Sherman Oaks, CA. To schedule an appointment, please call us at (818) 990-5020 today!