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The Download with Dr Kelly - June

Welcome to winter! While most of us aren’t big fans of the change of season (except those with hot flushes!), it does present itself as a great opportunity for some self-care in these months of hibernation.


This month we are specifically focusing on the very important self-care of our intimate health. As a doctor, I've seen countless women come into my office, hesitant to talk about a common but often overlooked issue: vaginal atrophy.


This condition, affecting many middle-aged women, can cause significant discomfort and pain, yet so many suffer in silence. I want to assure you that vaginal atrophy is not something you have to endure. There are effective treatments available that can help you regain your comfort and quality of life.


Symptoms such as vaginal dryness, itching or burning, pain during intercourse (dyspareunia), urinary symptoms, including urgency and frequent infections are all symptoms of vaginal atrophy, also known as genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM).


We know this occurs due to a decline in estrogen levels, typically during and after menopause. Estrogen is crucial for maintaining healthy vaginal tissues. As levels drop, the vaginal walls can become thin, dry, and less elastic, leading to these symptoms that can affect your daily life, relationships, and overall well-being, making it important to seek help and not just put up with the discomfort.


It's essential to recognise that vaginal atrophy is a common condition and nothing to be embarrassed about. Here are some steps you can take to alleviate the symptoms and improve your quality of life.


Advanced treatments like laser and radiofrequency therapy can stimulate collagen production and improve vaginal health. These treatments are non-invasive and have shown promising results in alleviating symptoms of vaginal atrophy. This is a therapy that I offer at Coastal Goddess and I’m a huge advocate in investing in ridding yourself of discomfort.


Only last month, I had a new patient come to see me after being referred by her GP. She has had two sessions of our Vaginal Rejuvenation, and she told me today that, “More people need to know about this treatment. I’ve had a huge improvement and I’m only halfway through my treatment. I’m going back to my GP to tell her to send everyone to you.”


On top of this treatment that we offer in the clinic, it’s important to stay hydrated, maintaining a healthy diet, and regular exercise can also support overall vaginal health. Avoiding irritants such as harsh soaps and douches can help prevent further dryness and discomfort. And don’t forget those Kegels! Pelvic floor exercise can improve blood flow and support vaginal health, reducing some symptoms of vaginal atrophy.


Understanding that vaginal atrophy is a manageable condition is empowering. You deserve to live a life free of pain and discomfort, and there are effective treatments available. Don't hesitate to give the clinic a call, book in some time with me, where we can discuss your symptoms and treatment options.


By taking proactive steps and seeking the right treatment, you can reclaim your comfort and confidence. Remember, you are not alone—many women experience vaginal atrophy, and with the right care, you can improve your vaginal health and overall well-being.



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