Vaginal Dryness Specialist

Michael J. Barnthouse, MD

Gynecologist & Hormone Replacement Specialist located in Kansas City, MO

Vaginal dryness is a painful condition that can make it difficult for women of any age to enjoy sex, although it’s most commonly a symptom of menopause. OB/GYN Michael J. Barnthouse, MD, can help women in Johnson County, Kansas, and the greater Kansas City, Missouri, area discover the cause of vaginal dryness and offer treatments. If vaginal dryness is affecting your quality of life, call Dr. Barnthouse’s office or book an appointment online today.

Vaginal Dryness Q & A

What is vaginal dryness?

Normally, a thin layer of clear fluid covers the lining of your vagina. This fluid helps your vaginal walls to maintain a healthy elasticity as well as provide adequate lubrication during sexual intercourse.

The hormone estrogen stimulates your body to produce this lubrication naturally, but as estrogen levels decline, the amount of available moisture drops as well. This decrease in vaginal fluids can cause irritation and make sex unbearably painful, creating a huge impact on your sexual wellness.

What causes vaginal dryness?

Vaginal dryness can happen to women of any age for a number of reasons, but it’s most commonly a symptom of menopause. About one in every three women going through menopause experiences vaginal dryness, making this a major women’s health issue.

Aside from menopause, other possible causes of vaginal dryness include:

  • Childbirth and breastfeeding
  • Surgical removal of your ovaries
  • Certain antidepressants
  • Anti-estrogen medications
  • Allergy and cold medications
  • Radiation or chemotherapy for cancer
  • Douching

When should I see an OB/GYN for vaginal dryness?

It’s important to tell Dr. Barnthouse about any issue that causes discomfort in your pelvic region. While vaginal dryness is a common symptom of menopause, painful sex and burning or itching in your vagina can also indicate an underlying medical problem.

Dr. Barnthouse works with you to discover the cause of your vaginal dryness and create a treatment plan that best addresses your needs. This process begins with a comprehensive pelvic exam, including a thorough review of your medical history.

If the exam rules out any other possible causes for your vaginal dryness, Dr. Barnthouse discusses your options for treatment.

What are treatments for vaginal dryness?

The most common treatment for vaginal dryness is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Depending on your particular symptoms and medical condition, Dr. Barnthouse may suggest HRT with SottoPelle® bioidentical hormone pellet implants.

HRT can help reduce vaginal dryness and treat several other symptoms of menopause, including:

  • Cognitive difficulties and memory loss
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased sex drive

If vaginal dryness is negatively affecting your sexual wellness, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barnthouse today.