Women’s Health

 

Women’s intimate health treatments

Childbirth, the menopause and ageing in general, can give rise to vaginal health problems for many women. These can range from embarrassing to uncomfortable to life-changing. Women’s intimate health treatments begin with an informal phone chat with a trained nurse.

Please contact us (scroll down) to arrange a discreet one-to-one consultation with our Lead Practitioner. You and she will discuss the most appropriate treatment options for your specific condition.

Thankfully, technology is now available which can address these issues. Usually, a treatment will consist of a one-off 20-minute session.

Here are some of the common, treatable conditions.

Vaginal Atrophy 

In the years leading up to the menopause – the perimenopause – many women can experience changes which affect their vagina.  Among these is vaginal dryness. This is brought on by hormonal changes which begin to affect lubrication.

After the menopause, the ovaries stop producing oestrogen. In common with other body parts, the skin and tissues of the vagina become thinner and less elastic. This can result in pain and discomfort during sexual activity. It can also place psychological pressure on both partners in a relationship. This all at a time when a woman’s body is undergoing its greatest changes since puberty.

Urinary Incontinence 

Unwanted leakage can occur at various stages in a woman’s life. As a woman, physical changes that affect vaginal health occur naturally as part of life’s journey.  Vaginal health is determined by a range of issues. These include overall well-being, weight, smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and exercise.

Then there are circulatory and other cardiovascular conditions, hormonal fluctuations and childbirth. Then, usually sometime between 45-55, the menopause.

The effects of urinary incontinence can vary. You could endure anything from minor discomfort and inconvenience, to a life-changing issue that makes even leaving the house a problem.

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Dyspareunia (painful intercourse) 

This can be caused by both physical and psychological factors. Symptoms include: pain only on sexual penetration, pain with every penetration -including tampon insertion; pain during thrusting; a general burning or aching pain; a throbbing pain which lasts hours after intercourse.

Entry pain causes include a drop in oestrogen after menopause or during breastfeeding, and as a side effect of many common medications. Infections and skin conditions can also contribute.

This can arise from lack of lubrication or a drop in oestrogen after menopause or during breastfeeding. Many common medications for high blood pressure, antidepressants, sedatives, antihistamines and some birth control pills can also be a factor. Deeper pain can come from infections, pre-existing medical conditions, or trauma from surgery, and even structural vaginal abnormalities present from birth.

Less oestrogen can cause the tissues of the vulva and vaginal lining to become thinner, drier and less elastic. Also, secretions are reduced. These factors can lead to lesions and discomfort, which makes sexual intercourse something to be avoided rather than enjoyed.

Lichen Sclerosus (LS) 

This is a skin condition that can affect any part of the body, and often occurs around the vulva and perineum, between the anus and vagina.

Major symptoms are itchy, sore and fragile skin. This can cause discomfort during sexual activity and when passing urine.

Sometimes the vagina will narrow, making sex difficult, and discomfort can become pain through torn skin.  Fortunately, this condition isn’t infectious.

Although it can strike at any age, the chances of LS increase over time, and become more common in postmenopausal women. What to look for – skin in the areas described above which is itchy, white and of a different texture from normal, and which may bleed or hurt if rubbed or scratched.

Using minimally invasive macro & micro focused ultrasound, WholeLife Clinics can help to bring you relief and life-changing results.

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