Four Common Vaginal Problems (And How To Fix Them)

Four Common Vaginal Problems (And How To Fix Them)


Four common vaginal problems (and how to fix them)
Four common vaginal problems (and how to fix them)

At some point in their lives, most women will have an issue or a concern relating to their vagina. This might be due to anything from childbirth to illness or menopause, and can have a huge impact, both physically and mentally.

Four common symptoms that we see regularly in the clinic are:

Dryness and itchiness
Vaginal dryness and itchiness is often associated with vaginal atrophy (the thinning of the vaginal walls). This can often occur during menopause, when oestrogen levels in the body drop significantly. In addition to menopausal women, the thinning of the vaginal lining can occur in cancer patients, who have undergone chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, as well as in new, breast feeding mothers, women who have had their ovaries surgically removed, and women who are on medication to treat endometriosis or uterine fibroids.

Painful Sex
Pain during intercourse can affect women of any age although it is particularly common in menopausal and
post menopausal women and post cancer treatment patients. The pain can be the result of restricted blood flow to the vaginal lining, declining tissue health and the thinning of the vaginal walls. Confidence-issues and anxiety stemming from menopausal or cancer treatment symptoms and side effects can also lead to difficulty with arousal and impact the libido.

Stress incontinence
Incontinence can affect not only a woman’s day-to-day life but also her self-esteem and anxiety levels. There are many causes of stress incontinence, including childbirth, obesity, illnesses causing coughing or sneezing, as well as running regularly or heavy exercise over a long period of time. Age is also a factor, as well as women who have undergone a hysterectomy.

A ‘loose’ vagina
Contrary to historical thought, a woman’s vagina doesn’t become ‘loose’ or ‘stretch’ after plentiful sexual intercourse. It can, however, experience a slight, natural loosening of its muscles, especially after several vaginal births. This can lead to discomfort and anxiety and can impact
self esteem.

The painless, long-term treatment option
Sadly, research shows that most women ‘suffer in silence’ when it comes to vaginal conditions. However, a recent development in vaginal treatments is gaining recognition and popularity in Australia and overseas.

The MonaLisa Touch is a minimally invasive treatment option that uses a small amount of heat, delivered via a laser to stimulate blood flow and regenerate natural growth in the vaginal tissue.

The procedure lasts around 10 minutes and, for most women is painless. The MonaLisa Touch provides effective treatment for conditions such as stress incontinence, painful sex, dryness and itchiness and provides a solution for women concerned about the effects of childbirth and/or aging on their vaginas. The procedure is non-hormonal and non-invasive and in many cases leads to an immediate reduction in symptoms.


No referral necessary to see our women’s health doctor.


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