Are there alternative treatments for estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis?

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Patricia Geraghty, NP
Women's Health
A relatively new treatment approved by the FDA for estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis, also called genitourinary syndrome of menopause, is CO2 laser therapy with a brand name of Mona Lisa Touch. The laser penetrates the surface tissue in a small grid pattern making tiny wounds. This stimulates the body's own healing mechanisms, restoring the tissue thickness and lubrication. Tissue health is then maintained with follow up treatment on an as-needed frequency. This treatment is an option for any woman but particularly for women who should not use estrogen.

The most recommended alternative treatment for women with estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis is an increase in sexual activity. Although symptoms such as irritation, dryness, or sores often decrease a woman's desire for sex, it can be extremely helpful in treating existing symptoms and preventing new ones. Sex kick starts a woman's natural lubrication system and restores vaginal elasticity. However, women with estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis should take extra precautions against contracting sexually transmitted diseases because their vaginal walls have been thinned by vaginal atrophy, which results in an increased risk of infection. Condom usage is usually recommended in such cases.

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