Itchiness is an easy symptom to ignore. But if it’s chronic and accompanied by other symptoms such as painful sex, it may be time to consult with Dr. Aguirre and his expert team. In most cases, alleviating vaginal itching and dryness is as simple as pinpointing and treating the cause. Dr. Aguirre will carefully assess your symptoms and perform a comprehensive exam to determine the right treatment for you.
Vaginal itching is nothing to be ignored or ashamed of. In fact, it is one of the most common symptoms women experience when it comes to vaginal health. At Aguirre Specialty Care, we can help you address your concerns and find the relief you’re looking for!
There are many contributing factors to vaginal itching, such as irritating substances (soaps or clothing), skin disorders, yeast infections, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and menopause. If your vaginal itching is caused by declining hormone levels after menopause, you may have vaginal atrophy, or Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM). This syndrome is a combination of distressing and uncomfortable vaginal and urinary symptoms, including pain during sex and urinary incontinence. A decline in estrogen levels after menopause causes the vaginal walls to atrophy, becoming thin, dry and inflamed. Symptoms of GSM include vaginal dryness, burning, discharge and itching, discomfort with intercourse and decreased vaginal lubrication during sexual activity.
Methods of treatment
The key to alleviating symptoms of vaginal atrophy is non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation. We offer a leading range of state-of-the-art treatments, including FemiLift™ laser vaginal resurfacing and The O-Shot® platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment. FemiLift helps increase vaginal lubrication and tightness, improve urinary incontinence and enhance sexual sensation by resurfacing the entire circumference of the vaginal wall, stimulating new cellular growth. The O-Shot uses PRP, a concentrated portion of your own blood, to stimulate healing and revitalization, boosting sexual sensation and comfort while decreasing urinary incontinence and vaginal dryness.
Other treatment options include vaginal dilators, topical estrogen cream, vaginal estrogen suppository, vaginal estrogen ring and vaginal estrogen tablets. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is another form of treatment which is ideal for symptoms that are more systemic and associated with other signs of menopause, such as hot flashes.