Women who’ve been through childbirth or menopause can sometimes experience a loss of elasticity and lubrication in their vagina that causes dryness, pain, and incontinence. If you’re having these problems, urologist Kashif Alvi, MD, of Urologic Surgeons of Arizona, has specialized skills in treating women who need a vaginal rejuvenation. Dr. Alvi can reverse your symptoms and restore vaginal health using estrogen replacement therapy. Call the Mesa or Gilbert, Arizona, office today to find out more or book an appointment online.
Vaginal rejuvenation is a treatment that addresses the effects of giving birth and the aging process on the vagina.
Childbirth and menopause can have a significant effect on the health and elasticity of the vaginal walls. Vaginal rejuvenation enables women to restore their vaginal tissues to a more youthful, premenopausal condition.
During childbirth, your vagina naturally stretches to allow the baby to exit through the birth canal. Many women find that after giving birth, their vagina never regains the muscular strength and tightness it had before.
When perimenopause, the transition period before menopause, arrives, it brings with it many changes due to the reduction in levels of estrogen, the female sex hormone.
Perimenopause is the phase during which your body stops producing eggs, and your ability to have children comes to an end.
As your estrogen level falls, it causes vaginal dryness. Estrogen helps keep the tissues in your vagina plump and well-lubricated. Without estrogen, the tissues dry out and start to shrink, resulting in vaginal atrophy.
Lack of estrogen can also affect your urinary tract.
In many women, a low estrogen level leads to bladder control problems. These problems arise because the female urinary tract undergoes significant changes. As a result, your urethra, which sits against the front vaginal wall, loses flexibility, and might not work correctly.
Low estrogen also affects the connective tissue in your vaginal walls. This situation can lead to urethral stenosis (a narrowing of the urethra). You could also have a prolapse of organs near your vagina, like your:
A prolapse is when organs push through into other areas of your body. If you have pelvic organ prolapse, organs can push through the weakened vaginal walls into your vagina.
If you have severe pelvic organ prolapse, your bladder or rectum could even drop down to the vaginal opening.
These problems can all contribute to urinary problems. A prolapse can prevent the bladder from emptying like it should when you urinate. The result is an increase in urinary frequency and urgency, as well as:
Fortunately, Dr. Alvi can treat these problems using vaginal rejuvenation therapies.
There are several approaches to vaginal rejuvenation. Dr. Alvi first assesses your condition and measures your estrogen levels. He can then prescribe estrogen replacement therapy to restore your vaginal tissues and relieve incontinence.
You have several options with estrogen replacement therapy, depending on your needs.
If you’re experiencing other menopausal symptoms as well as vaginal atrophy, you can take oral or implantable estrogen products. If vaginal and urinary problems are the only troublesome symptoms, you can use estrogen cream or estrogen rings that fit in your vagina.
To find out more about vaginal rejuvenation, call Urologic Surgeons of Arizona today or book an appointment online.