Vulvovaginal Atrophy Specialist

Advanced Menstrual Care Center

Gynecologist located in Towson, MD

If vaginal dryness, pain during intercourse, urinary problems, and other symptoms of vulvovaginal atrophy (vaginal atrophy) negatively affect your personal life, you don’t have to live with unpleasant symptoms. Dr. Steven W. Tucker at Advanced Menstrual Care Center in Towson, Maryland, uses the revolutionary MonaLisa Touch® and other innovative treatments to ease vaginal atrophy symptoms so you can enjoy life to its fullest. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Tucker at Advanced Menstrual Care Center by phone or online today.

Vulvovaginal Atrophy Q & A

What is vulvovaginal atrophy?

Vulvovaginal atrophy, or vaginal atrophy, is a condition that occurs when vaginal tissue no longer functions normally.  Your vaginal lining thins out or shrinks, causing unpleasant symptoms. Vaginal atrophy is often associated with reduced estrogen that occur with menopause.

What are the symptoms of vulvovaginal atrophy?

If you have vulvovaginal atrophy, you might experience the following signs and symptoms:

  • Pain during intercourse       
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal burning or itching
  • Light bleeding during sex
  • Frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal laxity

If you suffer from one or more of these symptoms, Dr. Steven W. Tucker at Advanced Menstrual Care Center can help. Dr. Tucker offers treatments that help restore vaginal tissue to its original structure and function, including improvements in sex and bladder function.

What are the risk factors for vulvovaginal atrophy?

Anybody can develop vulvovaginal atrophy, but certain factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include:

  • Menopause
  • Perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause
  • Surgical removal of both ovaries
  • Taking certain medications that affect estrogen
  • Breastfeeding
  • Smoking
  • Lack of sexual activity
  • No previous vaginal births
  • Breast cancer

Cancer treatments also increase your risk of vaginal atrophy. Examples include chemotherapy, pelvic radiation therapy, and breast cancer hormone treatments.

How is vulvovaginal atrophy treated?

Dr. Steven W. Tucker will review your symptoms and medical history. He will complete a pelvic exam and diagnostic tests.  Then a personalized vulvovaginal atrophy treatment plan might include:

MonaLisa Touch

MonaLisa Touch is a noninvasive laser revitalization treatment that uses CO2 fractional laser energy to stimulate collagen production and restore vaginal tissue. Each laser treatment takes just five minutes and there’s little to no downtime.  The MonaLisa laser is FDA-approved and clinically demonstrated to improve vaginal health.

Hormone therapy

Hormone therapy also helps ease symptoms of vaginal atrophy. Your provider might recommend you take oral estrogen or use localized estrogen products, such as creams, tablets, rings, or suppositories, to get hormone levels into a healthy range.

Hormone-free alternatives

For women who can’t use estrogen hormones or prefer to avoid the risk, the MonaLisa laser may be the best option to restore vaginal health.  Other alternatives may include non-hormonal lubricants or vaginal dilators, which help stretch and stimulate vaginal muscles.

Don’t live with symptoms of vaginal atrophy when you don’t have to. Call to learn more about treatment options or use the online booking tool today.

We see patients in both Towson, MD and Baltimore, MD. Call now to book your appointment today.