How Shock Wave Therapy Can Help Treat Vaginal Rejuvenation

While the effects of menopause are wide-ranging and frequently emerge in unique combinations for women, there are some symptoms, like hot flashes, that occur more often. Furthermore, one or more of a combination of symptoms involving the vulva, vagina, and urinary tract may affect over 60% of postmenopausal women.

Called the genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), these symptoms are also referred to as vaginal atrophy. One of the most common ways to treat GSM is through estrogen therapy, in both oral and topical forms, but not all women are comfortable with or able to take hormone-based treatments. Fortunately, low-intensity shockwave therapy (LiST) is showing promise as a drug-free way to treat GSM and rejuvenate vaginal tissues. 

The effects of GSM

The ovaries are the primary producers of estrogen in your body, and after menopause, their output is greatly reduced. Some women experience little impact from this change, but for most, there is a combination of impacts throughout the body.

Your vagina often bears a heavy burden from reduced estrogen supplies. Overall, the tissue of the vagina becomes drier and you may not experience as much natural lubrication during sexual arousal. Intercourse can be uncomfortable, and you could experience light bleeding and further pain after sex. Sensations like itching and burning could happen at any time, and vaginal discharge is common.

Along with these genital symptoms, you can also experience urinary symptoms. Some of the most common of these include burning sensations when you urinate, as well as changes to urinary urges and frequency. It’s even possible that incontinence could develop, and you may be more prone to urinary tract infections.  

Not always menopause

You don’t need to be postmenopausal to experience symptoms of GSM. Any time you have a drop in estrogen levels, it can have similar effects. This can occur when you:

Talk to the medical team at GhentMD PLLC if you have any questions about any symptoms you’re experiencing. 

Low-intensity shockwave therapy for vaginal rejuvenation

If you’ve heard of low-intensity shockwave therapy (LiST) before, it’s likely in conjunction with erectile dysfunction, a contemporary drug-free treatment for men. But LiST also has other uses, including for vaginal rejuvenation for women. 

The “shock” part of LiST treatments refers to acoustic waves, rather than electrical shock. LiST has much in common with ultrasound. Some methods of treatment use a gel to improve transmission of sound waves, just as you’d expect from a pregnancy ultrasound.

However, the acoustic waves formed by a LiST applicator aren’t used to form images, but rather to stimulate several body processes to promote natural healing. It is used for vaginal rejuvenation by:

Many women with GSM may not connect the vaginal and urinary components of their condition, and so they may not seek treatment. Dr. Anthony Aghenta and the team at GhentMD located in Gilbert, Arizona, can help you with the diagnosis and treatment of your GSM symptoms.

You can learn more about LiST and other treatments for GSM by calling the office or requesting an appointment online. Contact the office today. 

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