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September 11, 2021

Restore Your Feminine Health: Can Vaginal Atrophy be treated?

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What is Vaginal Atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy (atrophic vaginitis) is the thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls as a result of declining oestrogen levels, and therefore, occurs more commonly in postmenopausal women. A woman’s oestrogen levels can drop by about 85% once they hit menopause. 

Having vaginal atrophy not only makes intercourse uncomfortable but may also lead to distressing urinary symptoms, often referred to as urogenital atrophy. Other causes of vaginal atrophy include a lack of sexual intercourse or decreased ovarian functioning due to chemotherapy or radiation. 

What are the symptoms to look out for?

Some symptoms of vaginal atrophy are:

  • Vaginal dryness and burning sensations
  • Genital itching
  • Burning with urination
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI)
  • Light bleeding and discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • Decreased vaginal lubrication during sexual activity

How is Vaginal Atrophy treated?

Your doctor may offer a variety of treatment options. Common prescriptions are:

  • Vaginal moisturisers or lubricants

Vaginal moisturisers may help restore moisture to your vaginal area. Water-based lubricants could also be prescribed for use before sexual activity to reduce comfort during intercourse. 

  • Topical oestrogen 

Topical oestrogen may provide direct relief from symptoms and limits your overall exposure to oestrogen as it is applied directly, hence, fewer hormones reach your bloodstream. These may come in the form of a cream, suppositories, rings or tablets.

Alternative treatment option: The Venus Fiore

What is it?

The Venus Fiore treatment from Venus Concept is a treatment catered to feminine needs — from vaginal rejuvenation to tightening the labia. 

It utilises a combination of Multi-Polar Radiofrequency (RF) and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields (PEMF) to encourage the growth of new collagen and elastin fibres while improving blood circulation and rate of healing. This is a gentle and safe procedure, created especially for sensitive areas. 

One of the Venus Fiore’s functions is to treat vaginal atrophy. This is done by safely heating the vaginal canal to trigger a healing response that stimulates collagen growth. It also increases neovascularity to improve sensations during sexual intercourse and improves moisture levels.

Who is this treatment for?

This treatment is recommended for women who are looking to improve their feminine health, which has been affected by childbirth, ageing or menopause. 

What can you expect?

The Venus Fiore is a completely safe treatment and the process is very comfortable. You may feel a mild heating sensation and redness, but this will subside within a day and you may resume your daily routine right after. 

The treatment time would be 10-15 minutes per area. Ideally, one would need to undergo treatment once a month for 3-4 months.

Summary

Vaginal atrophy could greatly affect a woman’s quality of life. However, although 50% of postmenopausal women experience this, few seek treatment. 

It’s important to remember that it is a common occurrence and you don’t need to suffer in silence. Consult a doctor for a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. If you’re looking into alternative nonhormonal options, the Venus Fiore might be just what you need to better your feminine health. 

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