GynecologyPost-Menopause

Don't let symptoms rule your life.

A full year without a period means a woman has moved out of menopause and into post-menopause. What causes menopause (decrease in estrogen) can also bring uncomfortable symptoms in some women as they move into post-menopause. Vaginal atrophy, marked by itching, decreased secretions, and pain during sexual intercourse, can result, but you don’t have to live with these symptoms.

How will you know when you're done with menopause?

Symptoms of menopause can last for an average of four to five years but will decrease in intensity over time. The hot flashes, emotional changes, and sleep problems should subside and you will reach your new normal. However, you might be left with some lingering (but not permanent) symptoms.

older couple on beach

What options are available to treat symptoms?

Vaginal moisturizers

These products can be purchased over the counter and should be used on a daily basis, similar to how you moisturize your skin. Regular use of vaginal moisturizers has provided some women with great relief.

Lubricants

Many post-menopausal women will need to consistently use lubricants during intercourse. There are many options available at your local drug store or online, and coconut oil can even be used.

Non-Hormonal Vaginal Suppository (Intrarosa)

This steroid-based medication is similar to our body’s naturally produced Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). The pill is placed vaginally once a day.

Estrogen Receptor Modulator (Osphena)

This daily pill interacts with the estrogen receptors in our bodies. It is used specifically to improve vaginal dryness due to vaginal atrophy, and may improve pain associated with intercourse.

Vaginal estrogen

Vaginal estrogen is extremely well tolerated and significantly improves symptoms of vaginal atrophy. Vaginal estrogen does not increase a woman’s risk of blood clots or stroke.

Fractionated CO2 Laser (MonaLisa Touch)

This relatively painless office-based procedure uses a fractionated laser to cause microscopic changes to vaginal and vulvar tissue, promoting an increase in blood flow and tissue regeneration.

MonaLisa Touch

Did you know we have an easy and painless in-office procedure to treat vaginitis?

Symptoms like vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse can be relieved right in our office — and it only takes five minutes! Ask your provider if MonaLisa Touch is right for you.