Vaginal Dryness Specialist

Estelle Archer, MD

Gynecologists located in Amarillo, TX

If vaginal dryness hinders your sex life or is painful, some simple solutions are within reach. At her self-titled practice in Amarillo, Texas, Estelle Archer, MD, FACOG, uses MonaLisa Touch® and other minimally-invasive treatments to reduce dryness and restore vaginal tissue. Call her office to learn more or book an appointment online today.

Vaginal Dryness Q & A

What causes vaginal dryness?

Vaginal dryness occurs when vaginal tissue isn’t well lubricated. Various factors related to lower estrogen can cause it, such as:

  • Menopause
  • Thinning vaginal tissue
  • Surgery to remove the ovaries
  • Chemotherapy
  • Smoking
  • Severe stress or depression
  • Radiation treatment
  • Medications used for gynecological conditions
  • Childbirth
  • Breastfeeding

You might also experience vaginal dryness from laundry detergents, soaps, perfumes, lotions, or douches.

What are the symptoms of vaginal dryness?

If you have vaginal dryness, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Light bleeding after sexual intercourse
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Burning with urination
  • Vaginal soreness
  • Itching or burning

If these or other symptoms associated with vaginal dryness negatively impact your quality of life, you don’t have to live with it.

What is the treatment for vaginal dryness?

Dr. Archer goes over your medical history and completes an examination to determine which treatment for vaginal dryness best matches your needs. She may recommend:

MonaLisa Touch®

MonaLisa Touch technology delivers laser energy to vaginal tissue to stimulate it, enhance collagen formation, and improve the quality and function of vaginal cells. This technology is minimally-invasive and non-surgical, and you might notice improvements after just one session.

Lubricants and moisturizing creams

Dr. Archer lets you know which lubricants or vaginal moisturizing creams help ease symptoms associated with vaginal dryness. Because some of these products can damage latex condoms, she helps you choose a product that best matches your needs.

Topical estrogen

Some women benefit from using topical estrogen to treat vaginal dryness. It’s available as a tablet, ring, suppository, or cream that you apply to the vaginal area. A small amount of estrogen gets absorbed into your bloodstream.

Estrogen replacement therapy

Estrogen replacement therapy, in the form of a pill or skin patch, may be a good option if you suffer from hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms in addition to vaginal dryness. But hormone therapy comes with risks and isn’t recommended for everybody.

Dr. Archers discusses the risks and benefits of various treatments to determine which vaginal dryness option best matches your individual needs. Call to schedule an appointment with her today or book one online.