Vaginal burning isn’t a symptom to ignore. It might indicate an infection or atrophy of the vaginal wall that will only get worse over time. Dr. Mary DuPont helps women in Montgomery County Maryland, such as Bethesda, Potomac, Rockville, or Chevy Chase, as well as the greater Washington D.C. area by diagnosing and treating vaginal burning. Make an appointment with her at Capitol Urogynecology by calling, or using the online booking agent today.
WHAT CAUSES VAGINAL BURNING?
A number of conditions can cause burning, itching, and irritation in your vaginal region. These include:
Sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia and genital herpes
Chemical irritants, such as douches or perfumes
Your vaginal health may have changed due to a hysterectomy or breast cancer treatment, too.
WHAT IS LICHEN SCLEROSUS?
Lichen sclerosus is a rare condition that causes white, irritating patches to form around the vulva. It most often occurs in postmenopausal women.
HOW DOES MENOPAUSE CAUSE BURNING IN THE VAGINA?
When you go through menopause, your production of the female hormone estrogen sharply drops. Estrogen helps nourish cells in the vaginal wall, so the reduction in the hormone can lead to atrophy of the tissue. You experience thinning and drying, resulting in irritation and burning.
WHAT CAN BE DONE TO TREAT VAGINAL BURNING?
If Dr. DuPont determines you have a yeast or bacterial infection or an STD, she may treat the condition with medications. However, an atrophic vagina or one stricken with lichen sclerosus benefits from laser therapy known as the MonaLisa Touch®.
WHAT IS THE MONALISA TOUCH?
The MonaLisa Touch rejuvenates and heals the tissue of the vaginal wall and the vulva. It consists of a fractionated CO2 laser that gently stimulates vaginal mucosal revitalization by helping your body produce more collagen and other firming compounds. It also results in increased vascularization — meaning you encourage more blood flow to the tender tissue. As a result, the tissue is stronger and more supple so your burning symptoms dissipate or fade completely.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A MONALISA TOUCH SESSION?
You lie on an exam table while Dr. DuPont applies the laser with a vaginal probe. The sensation is nearly pain-free, and the procedure is done within five minutes.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WITH THE MONALISA TOUCH ARE REQUIRED TO TREAT VAGINAL BURNING?
You may feel relief after the first treatment. Dr. DuPont recommends you schedule a total of three sessions over the course of 18 weeks for maximum benefit. You’ll have no downtime after each treatment, but may be asked to refrain from sexual intercourse for a day or two following.
You may need an annual follow-up treatment if your symptoms return.
*Individual results may vary.