Vaginal Dryness Specialist

coastal obstetrics and gynecology -  - OBGYN

coastal obstetrics and gynecology

OBGYNs located in stamford, CT

Vaginal atrophy causes dryness and irritation that can have devastating effects on your intimate experiences. Board-certified OB/GYN's Robert Gennaro, MD, Patrick Cahill, DO, Antonios Panagiotakis, DO, Shieva Ghofrany, MD, FACOG, and their team at Coastal Obstetrics & Gynecology treat vaginal dryness and atrophy with Viveve™ at their location in Stamford, Connecticut. To restore healthy vaginal lubrication without hormones, call or book an appointment online today.

Vaginal Dryness Q & A

What is vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy is a common, though not frequently talked about, symptom of menopause and cancer treatment. This condition causes your vaginal walls to become thin, dry, and irritated due to a decrease in the hormone estrogen.

Not only does this cause painful intercourse, but vaginal atrophy often leads to urinary symptoms such as stress and urge incontinence. Due to the interconnected effects on your vaginal and urinary systems, experts also refer to vaginal atrophy as genitourinary syndrome of menopause.

However, you don’t have to be going through menopause to suffer from vaginal atrophy. This condition affects women of all ages who experience a decline in estrogen after cancer treatments.

What are the symptoms of vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal dryness is the primary symptom of atrophy. However, dryness often occurs alongside other bothersome vaginal symptoms, such as:

  • Vaginal burning or itching
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Painful intercourse
  • Decreased lubrication
  • Increased urinary tract infections
  • Female sexual dysfunction

Though up to half of postmenopausal women experience at least some of these symptoms to varying degrees, few seek treatment. Fortunately, the team at Coastal Obstetrics & Gynecology offer relief from vaginal dryness and discomfort with Geneveve non-hormonal vaginal atrophy treatment.

What causes vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy happens when your body produces less estrogen. Common causes for a decline in estrogen include:

  • Menopause
  • Chemotherapy or cancer
  • Radiation therapy for cancer
  • Surgical removal of the ovaries

Though this condition is common, not all women experience vaginal atrophy during and after menopause.

How does Viveve treat vaginal dryness and atrophy?

First, a member of the compassionate team performs a physical exam. They thoroughly review your symptoms and medical history to ensure Viveve is the best treatment for you.

Viveve is a painless procedure that lasts only 30 minutes. During treatment, one of the doctors gently inserts a small device inside your vagina. You may feel a warming and cooling sensation as Viveve sends radiofrequency energy into your vaginal tissues.

Afterward, you can resume normal activities right away, but you should wait at least two days before having sex. Some women report an improvement within a few weeks, but optimal results may take 6-9 weeks.

Viveve improves vaginal lubrication, elasticity, and muscle tone for up to a year with 98% patient satisfaction.

To schedule your Viveve consultation, call Coastal Obstetrics & Gynecology or message us using our Klara system.