Orange County OBGYN -  - OBGYN Specialist

Orange County OBGYN

OBGYN Specialist located in Newport Beach, CA and Orange County, CA

Vaginal Dryness Specialist

Vaginal dryness develops when estrogen levels drop during menopause. It’s one of the most common symptoms women experience during menopause. Dr. Yonatan Mahller has extensive experience treating vaginal dryness with a variety of medical options and advanced laser therapy. Contact his office in Newport Beach, Orange County, California, or schedule an appointment online to learn about your options for eliminating vaginal dryness and its associated symptoms, such as pain during intercourse and vaginal burning.

Vaginal Dryness Q & A

What causes vaginal dryness?

Vaginal dryness develops when estrogen levels are low. Estrogen keeps vaginal tissue healthy by maintaining tissue elasticity, promoting lubrication and blood flow, and ensuring the proper level of acidity.

Perimenopause and menopause are the most common causes of low estrogen and vaginal dryness. However, estrogen levels are also affected by excessive or intensive exercise, eating disorders, ovarian and breast cancer, removal of ovaries, and premature ovarian failure.

What is vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy is closely related to vaginal dryness. In fact, vaginal dryness is the primary symptom of atrophy. But vaginal atrophy reflects the fact that low estrogen has a broad impact on the vagina, causing the vaginal walls to become thin and fragile.

Vaginal atrophy causes the following symptoms:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal burning and itching
  • Vaginal laxity
  • Painful intercourse
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Less lubrication during intercourse
  • Burning during urination
  • Urinary incontinence

How is vaginal dryness treated?

For mild cases of vaginal dryness, women may get the relief they need with over-the-counter vaginal moisturizers. These products are safe, and you can use them for a long time, but they must be used regularly to get the best result.

You may also use a lubricant to reduce discomfort during sexual intercourse. Purchase lubricants that are water based; some contain glycerin, which can irritate, and others contain petroleum jelly, which can break down latex condoms.

Dr. Mahller often recommends medical treatment with hormones when self-care options don’t help, or vaginal dryness and atrophy are severe. Your options include:

  • Topical estrogen inserted into your vagina
  • Vaginal estrogen rings and tablets
  • Hormone replacement therapy

Hormone replacement therapy is very effective for vaginal dryness, and it’s safe when the dose and type of hormone used are based on each woman’s individual needs. Dr. Mahller evaluates your health and develops a treatment plan based on the severity of your vaginal dryness, the presence of other menopause symptoms, your age, and your medical history.

What laser treatments are available for vaginal dryness?

Advances in laser technology have made it possible to restore vaginal tissues using the MonaLisa Touch®. This unique fractional CO2 laser precisely and gently treats atrophied tissues in the vagina.

The laser stimulates collagen production, which improves the tone and texture of the vaginal wall and diminishes vaginal atrophy. Treatment with the MonaLisa Touch is virtually painless and only takes about five minutes. Long-lasting results are achieved after receiving just three treatments.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept most PPO insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield
Great West Health Care
Meridian Health Plan

Words from our patients

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    "There aren't enough good things I can say about Dr. Mahller and his staff! Dr. Mahller really listens to his patients and carefully addresses all of your concerns."

    Neda H.
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    "Dr. Mahller is one of those rare doctors who takes the time to answer every question and he has a wonderful bedside manner! I without a doubt recommend Dr. Mahller!"

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    "Our whole pregnancy and delivery was a beautiful experience because of Dr. Mahller. We can't thank him enough for bringing our beautiful baby girl safely into the world"

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    "He is caring, comforting, relaxed and gentle. I recommend him highly if you're looking for a good doctor!"

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    "Dr. Mahller is a wonderful person and doctor with great sense of humor. He cares about his patients and knows his craft. I would definitely recommend him!"

    Irene S.
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    "Childbirth was an absolutely wonderful experience, Dr. Mahller couldn't have been more courteous and did a fantastic job keeping me comfortable, happy and excited. "

    Ashley P.
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    "I can honestly say this pregnancy has been a great experience so far, and having Dr. Mahller as our doctor definitely helps. Highly recommended!"

    Holly E.
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    "I wouldn't trust anyone else with the well being of my little girl, I never felt worried during my pregnancy and always had peace of mind."

    Jessica M.
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    "I had the best experience and was treated great throughout my pregnancy. Dr. Mahller has patience during consultation visits as well as delivering a baby."

    Joanna M.
Orange County OBGYN
355 Placentia Avenue, Suite 302
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Phone: 949-375-8244
Fax: 949-398-9812
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