What causes vaginal atrophy?
Typically, vaginal atrophy is caused by a decrease in oestrogen, which is essential for maintaining the health and function of the vaginal and urinary systems. This happens naturally during pre-menopause or peri-menopause and increasingly so post-menopause. This natural decline in oestrogen will often exacerbate damage that may have occurred as a result of pregnancy, childbirth or other factors.
Whilst most menopause symptoms like hot flushes will pass in time, vaginal atrophy does not usually resolve and can worsen over the years, causing a consistent decline in comfort, intimate activities and quality of life. It is important to know that these symptoms are very common and treatable.
However, anyone at risk of a low or suppressed oestrogen state can suffer vaginal atrophy symptoms, regardless of age. For instance, as a result of:
- Prolonged progesterone only contraception
- Prolonged breastfeeding
- Premature menopause states such as primary ovarian failure and induced menopause secondary to cancer medication or surgery e.g. removal of ovaries or extended periods on cancer medications like Tamoxifen
- Stress, depression and strenuous exercise can also reduce oestrogen levels
How does FemTouch work?
FemTouch stimulates your body’s regenerative processes to create more hydrated and healthy cells and improve the blood supply within the vaginal walls. This has a direct effect on the integrity and elasticity of the vaginal tissue and increases the acidity of the vagina to more ideal levels. By restoring a healthy vaginal environment, many symptoms of vaginal atrophy simply disappear.
Our CO2 laser is uniquely designed to direct thousands of tiny beams (or DOTs) of energy and heat directly into the surface layer of the vaginal wall using a slim, smooth hand-piece that can be gently inserted inside the vaginal canal. This delivery of heat into the epithelium naturally triggers the regenerative processes of the vaginal surface and connective tissue, by stimulating the activity of specialised cells that create elastin and collagen – the building blocks of all healthy tissue.