Menopause doesn’t have to mean the end of your sex life (diVa laser)

For years, women have accepted the fact that their sex life will change after menopause. Unfortunately, they often figure that’s just the way it is. Many of our patients at Gynecologic Surgery & Menopause Solutions believe it’s natural for their sex drive to disappear or that moodiness makes women less interested in sex after menopause.

Here’s what no one talks about: Sex is often painful after menopause and for good reason. Vaginal tissues go through major changes when your levels of estrogen decline, changes that lead to discomfort during sex and that have a big impact on your sex life.

If you’re ready to improve your vaginal health and along with it, reclaim a healthy sex life, we can help with innovative treatment using the diVa® laser.

Here’s why your sex life changes after menopause.

The classic symptoms that women experience at menopause, especially night sweats, hot flashes and moodiness, are often blamed for their lack of interest in sex. And it’s true that the loss of hormones can affect your sex drive. However, that isn’t necessarily the main reason your sex life changes after menopause.

Many women don’t realize that estrogen is responsible for maintaining vaginal health. When estrogen levels drop, their vaginal tissues are seriously affected. Although these changes occur in all women to some degree, they’re severe enough to cause a condition called vaginal atrophy in about half of postmenopausal women.

Vaginal atrophy causes painful sex.

Without estrogen, vaginal tissues become thin and lose tone because collagen and elastin production decline. The loss of estrogen also leads to a decrease in blood flow and less vaginal lubrication.

As a result of these vaginal changes, women with vaginal atrophy experience problems such as:

Other classic menopause symptoms, like hot flashes and night sweats, eventually go away, but don’t wait for that to happen with vaginal atrophy. Without treatment, painful sex and vaginal dryness will continue to ruin your sex life. The good news is that treatment with the diVa® laser can help.

Vaginal improvements with the diVa laser

The diVa is a cutting-edge fractional laser that boosts collagen production in the tissues lining your vagina. Using a specially designed probe inserted into your vagina, radiofrequency energy reaches below the surface, where its heat stimulates cells that produce collagen.

As the vaginal lining sheds old cells and replaces them with collagen-rich tissues, your vagina may regain strength and resilience.

It takes a little time for your body to produce collagen, so you’ll start to notice the difference over the course of a few months. As your vaginal health improves, symptoms of vaginal atrophy are diminished.

Your diVa treatment only takes a few minutes. During that time, you may feel some pressure, but the procedure doesn’t cause discomfort. When it’s finished, you won’t need downtime; you can get right back to your daily routine.

 

If you’re ready to learn more about laser treatment with diVa, call Gynecologic Surgery & Menopause Solutions, or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.

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