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Vaginal Atrophy

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What causes vaginal atrophy?



Vaginal atrophy is a term used to describe thinning and drying of the tissues lining the vaginal walls. This is caused by a reduction in our natural youth hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. All are necessary for a healthy and happy vagina!  The most common cause of this hormone reduction is natural menopause due to aging.  Less well known causes of aggressive hormone suppression is chemotherapy for cancer patients and birth control for young women.

Hormonal deficiency leads to chronic irritation and inflammation of the vaginal tissue. Once this inflammatory process starts, daily activities like sitting, walking, using tampons and intercouse can create more micro-tears and inflammation becoming quite painful. A woman may start getting symptoms of vaginal itching and UTIs because the walls of the vagina no longer provide a healthy protective barrier against infections. A woman may also start leaking urine as the urethral walls weaken. This can progress to a vicious “Overactive Bladder” syndrome of urinary urgency, frequency and burning. Unmanaged this will eventually lead to difficulty releasing urine and emptying your bladder completely.  The medical term for this is Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause or GSM.

Vaginal atrophy starts a woman down a dark path of avoiding all activities that hurt and spending her life chained to the restroom.

Can vaginal atrophy be reversed?



Yes, vaginal atrophy can be reversed!

No, you don’t have to get expensive high tech Vaginal “rejuvenation” procedures to cure it! In fact, studies have shown no proof of efficacy and there are risk of unwanted side effects.

Reversal of vaginal atrophy is possible and requires a team approach. A medical provider can do hormone testing and prescribe systemic or vaginal hormone creams. A specialized pelvic health physical therapist can assess the atrophy and recommend natural vaginal hydrating lubricants as well as perform manual therapy techniques to mobilize the inflamed vaginal tissues.

Loosening the thin and inflamed vaginal tissue can be very helpful to reinstating the natural blood supply and encourage healing.

Your physical therapist will be able to guide and direct a specific pelvic floor and dynamic core stabilization exercises program. The absolute best way to supercharge your pelvic floor muscle strength and blood flow is through Internal Electrical Stimulation using the Makous Protocol. This is a fast and efficient way to re-oxygenate the region, heal and “rejuvenate” the Vaginal tissues naturally!



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