Vaginal Dryness Specialist

Central Oregon OB/GYN

OBGYNs located in Bend, OR

Vaginal dryness is an unwelcome side effect of menopause that robs many women of intimacy. But Erin LeGrand, DO, FACOG and John Murphy, MD, FACOG of Central Oregon OB/GYN in Bend, Oregon, want you to know that you can restore vaginal lubrication with MonaLisa TouchⓇ vaginal rejuvenation, topical creams, and other treatments. To learn more about your options, schedule an appointment by calling the office today.

Vaginal Dryness Q&A

What is vaginal dryness?

More than half of all women between the ages of 51 and 60 have vaginal dryness.

Your cervix has glands that produce moisture. As this moisture moves down into the vagina, it provides essential lubrication. This lubrication is the ideal pH to keep the vagina healthy, remove dead cells, and avoid infection.

During intimacy, additional glands at the entrance of the vagina produce moisture to assist intercourse. The reproductive hormone, estrogen, regulates vaginal health. When estrogen levels drop, women experience unwanted vaginal health changes, including reduced lubrication and tone.

What causes vaginal dryness?

Low estrogen is the primary cause of vaginal dryness. Estrogen is the female hormone that maintains vaginal lubrication, tone, and proper pH.

Women experience a decline in estrogen levels for many reasons. Some conditions are temporary, while others are permanent and benefit from medical intervention.  Temporary and permanent types include:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Certain immune disorders
  • Childbirth
  • Medications that deplete or suppress estrogen
  • Menopause
  • Ovary removal surgery
  • Perimenopause
  • Side effects from chemotherapy

How is vaginal dryness treated?

Several painless, nonsurgical treatments are available to combat vaginal dryness and other changes caused by low estrogen levels.

Vaginal estrogen

Replacing estrogen your body has stopped producing can restore vaginal moisture and tone and reduce itching and soreness. Prescription estrogen is applied vaginally or onto the skin and is absorbed into the bloodstream. It may take several weeks to feel the benefits of vaginal estrogen.

Women using low doses of vaginal estrogen rarely experience unwanted side effects. But you should contact your doctor if you have vaginal discharge or enlarged and painful breasts.

MonaLisa Touch vaginal rejuvenation

MonaLisa Touch laser vaginal rejuvenation offers permanent improvement for vaginal dryness and other symptoms common with menopause.

During vaginal rejuvenation, your doctor inserts a specialized tool into the vagina, heating vaginal tissue to stimulate the creation of collagen to restore vaginal moisture and tone. This painless procedure takes just five minutes and has no downtime.

To learn more about these and other treatment options to relieve vaginal dryness and increase comfort and pleasure during intimacy, schedule an appointment with Central Oregon OB/GYN by calling the office today.