Vaginal dryness is a real problem for many women in the US, but unfortunately they sometimes don’t get the help they need. Trying to find the source of the discomfort often leaves them frustrated, so one of the questions gynecologists often get asked is – Are there medical conditions that could be causing my vaginal dryness.
Women who suffer with vaginal dryness experience a lot of discomfort, as the condition makes intercourse painful and less pleasurable. It can even make exercising difficult to handle.
Medical conditions that can cause vaginal dryness
Vaginal dryness can be due to hormonal changes, especially those related to menopause. With menopause there is a noticeable drop in the estrogen levels, and estrogen is an important contributor to vaginal lubrication. It provides a natural coating of moisture that keeps the vagina soft and flexible. Insufficient estrogen can cause the vaginal tissue to become dry and stiff.
Lifestyle choices in young reproductive age women can cause relative vaginal dryness to the degree that intercourse can be less than plesaurable even with use of sexual lubricants. Lower ovarian estrogen secretion can occur with moderate to excessive stress, borderline to low body weight, excessive exercise, smoking, and in some cases use of combination hormonal contraception.
In order to effectively treat vaginal dryness, it is important to first identify the source of the discomfort. At Fowler Gyn International, the diagnosis is done by means of a Vaginal Fluid Analysis (VFA) test that evaluates the constituents and quality of vaginal secretions. The results of the VFA test provide the information the experts at FGI need, to craft a customized treatment program. In a small percentage of women, the five choice of agents made by standard pharmaceutic companies are not effect, requiring skilled physician to formulate custom compounded prescriptions.
Are you suffering with vaginal dryness that your local provider has not been able to prescribe successful therapy for? Contact Fowler GYN International, Phoenix, AZ for help. Dr. Fowler is a board certificed gynecologist which expertise in vulvovaginal conditions. Call 480-420-4001 today, and schedule an appointment with Dr. R. Stuart Fowler.