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or doing yoga or Pilates, and even on the
kinds of clothes they feel “safe” wearing.
Story short, around 2-3 months after
a woman’s periods stop altogether, most
women’s vaginal walls begin to atrophy,
blocking secretions produced by the mucosa
behind them, says Dr Izzo.
This results in a lack, or absence of
lubrication during sex and can cause
general inflammation, with burning and/
or itching sensations, and leaving a woman
more prone to vaginal infections.
Until around three years ago, women
suffering vaginal atrophy and/or dryness
essentially had three options:
• Suffer in silence (which too many do,
• Use OTC lubricants
• Take prescription oestrogen supplements,
either orally or intra-vaginally.
Number 1 is hardly a satisfactory
option, yet many women are too afraid or
embarrassed to even talk about the issue, let
alone seek help, says Dr Izzo.
Number 2 is merely a Band Aid measure,
notably to make sex more comfortable, but
isn’t ver y (or at all) effective when atrophy
and dryness is severe.
Number 3 is not an option for many
women, especially those who have suffered,
or are at risk of developing oestrogen-
sensitive cancers, such as of the breast and
ovaries. Others also don’t like the systemic
effects oestrogen supplementation can have,
such as fluid retention, weight gain and
breast swelling and tenderness.
Dr Izzo and fellow gynaecologists
formed a lobby group to canvass for vaginal
rejuvenation C02 laser FemTouch (LUMENIS.
COM/AUSTRALIA) to be brought here.
Dr Izzo reports that 80-85 percent of
women he and his colleag ues have treated
have reported significant improvements
in the elasticity (thus tightness) of their
vaginal walls and with lubrication.
The treatment is based on the same
principles as facial skin rejuvenation with
CO2 fractional lasers.
“A laser probe is inserted into the vagina
and rotates during a 5-15 minute treatment to
ensure the entire area is covered,” says Dr Izzo.
“The laser makes little `dots’ in the
lining of the vagina and the body’s natural
healing response then stimulates the
production of new collagen and elastin –
studies using biopsies have shown this to
be the case – which effectively rebuilds the
skin of the vaginal wall and allows mucus
secretions to once again flow through.
“I have not had one patient yet complain
of pain, only a sensation of warmth.
“ We recommend three treatments a
month apart for optimum results, with
patients reporting significant improvements
as early as a month after the first treatment
but generally after two treatments.
“These are women who in many cases have
suffered atrophy and dryness for many years.”
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n this world of over-sharing, there’s a
strange cone of silence surrounding
things that really matter.
Among those “things” are subjects such
as vaginal atrophy and dryness. Sooo not
Ironic, isn’t it, that the vagina is the
epicentre of the giving of life, sex life and
myriad salacious celebrity sex scandals.
But when it literally shrivels and dries up,
the vagina becomes almost a taboo subject.
Some 80 percent of women post-
menopause are “dried up”, according
to Dr Louis Izzo, a Sydney professor of
gynaeocology [not that Dr Izzo used that
terminology, this editor hastens to add!].
“ These include women aged from as
young as their 20s,” he says. “It might be due
to menopause triggered by chemotherapy
for cancer; or natural menopause, which is
occurring at earlier ages than ever before.
“ This means that, for the next two
thirds of their lives, these women will
encounter difficulties having sex due to
lack of lubrication. Their vaginas might be
become so dry that sex becomes immensely
uncomfortable or painful – even impossible.
“Imagine the pressure this puts on
relationships and a woman’s own self- esteem
and sense of sexual identity.
“Of course it is way more prevalent
among women in their 40s-50s, the average
age of menopause, when there’s still a good
third of their lives to live.”
Women may also develop urinary stress
incontinence; an embarrassing problem
where urine leakage at the most inopportune
times can have a major impact on their social
life, on physical activities such as playing
sport, running or cycling, going to the gym
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