Improving Vaginal Dryness - An Overview of Causes and Treatment Options
Vaginal dryness occurs when the tissues of the vaginal wall are dry, thin and do not have adequate moisture causing painful conditions, while sitting, walking and especially during intercourse. Usually resulting from a decrease in hormone levels during menopause, vaginal dryness may also occur in younger women due to a variety of causes.
Young women who are not breastfeeding often complain of vaginal dryness if there’s a fall in their estrogen level due to cigarette smoking. Estrogen is a vital hormone for women as it helps in a lot of bodily functions of women and when it comes to the genitals it helps by maintaining adequate lubrication, elasticity and requisite acidity in the area. Sometimes, people seeking cancer treatment also complain of this issue as ovaries may have a negative after effect from cancer therapy.
Lifestyle diseases such as Diabetes too can cause such symptoms as certain medications such as antidepressants and antihistamines. Birth control pills in certain cases also cause vaginal dryness.
Immune disorders could also cause vaginal dryness as could an anti-estrogen medication. Speaking of the number of women affected by vaginal dryness an approximate 17% of people assigned female at birth (AFAB) age 18 to 50 report problems with vaginal dryness during sex, even before menopause takes place. About 50 percent of these people experience vaginal dryness after menopause which is due to the lesser production of estrogen in the body.
How can you address vaginal dryness?
Although you will find many treatment options the best way is to consult a good urologist, like the ones from Gousse Urology, who will conduct a pelvic exam and may order a blood test to ascertain healthy levels of hormones and assess other health conditions that may be triggering it.
Introducing O-Shot®: A Highly Effective Treatment for Vaginal Dryness
Certain physiologic changes are inevitable as women grow older- Estrogen levels decrease, there are complaints of painful intercourse, vaginal dryness or a lowered sexual desire. The O-Shot® technology (Also referred to as an Orgasm Shot) is slated to become a game-changing treatment in the management of female aging disorders, including urinary incontinence.
What is in the O-Shot®?
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) derived from the patient's own blood is used in this orgasm therapy (O-shot) treatment. PRP has been widely used to treat a variety of age-related illnesses ranging from orthopaedic joint issues to hair loss. In the case of the O-Shot, pure PRP produced from your own blood is injected into the vagina and clitoris tissues in the office while the patient is under local anaesthetic. The treatment is straightforward and painless.
Platelets derived from your own blood are used in the therapy.
Platelets attract growth factors in your body, allowing injured tissues and nerves to repair. This medically proven method improves the ability of the genital tissues (particularly the clitoris) to renew (return to youth), resulting in improved orgasm, sexual pleasure, and lubrification.
Platelets derived from your own blood are used in the therapy. Platelets attract growth factors in your body, allowing injured tissues and nerves to repair. This medically proven method improves the ability of the genital tissues (particularly the clitoris) to renew (return to youth), resulting in improved orgasm, sexual pleasure, and lubrification.
How the O-Shot® Treatment is Performed
A tiny amount of your own whole blood is obtained through venipuncture during the session. The blood is treated through spinning using a specific high-performance FDA approved centrifuge and centrifugation method, allowing us to extract the PRP, devoid of red blood cells, which contains more than 6 times the typical concentration of platelets present in whole blood.
Moving on to the major part of the procedure, the doctor will numb the vaginal and clitoral regions with numbing lotion and local anesthetic before injecting a certain volume (1 ml) of the spun PRP into your clitoral glans (head of the clitoris).
The remaining 5 ml are injected behind the vaginal epithelium, immediately below the urethra. The virtually painless office treatment takes 1 to 2 minutes. The patient can continue sexual activity the next day. This isolated process has no downtime.
Many patients report increased libido and sexual desire after the O-Shot, increased vaginal and clitoral sensitivity contributing to stronger orgasms, decreased urinary incontinence, improved vaginal lubrication, reduction in pain during intercourse, increased ability to experience an orgasm, and improvement in the quality of genital skin and vulva.
2 weeks following treatment, 75-95 percent of women reported improved sexual function as a result of the O-Shot®. The full results of the therapy will most likely become apparent after three months.
The treatment's therapeutic benefits persist between 1 to 4 years, and when they wane, many patients choose re-treatments.
Because this therapy involves injecting the patient's own PRP back into their body, problems are uncommon, except for mild injection discomfort or bruising. The O-Shot, which is not covered by most insurers, will cost around $1,500.