Dyspareunia treatment in Portland, OR
Pain with intercourse can affect your relationships, your self-confidence, and your physical and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, it is a problem many patients either do not discuss or patients assume they have to just deal with it. Treatment is now available. Dr. Adam Maddox and the team at Thrive in Portland, OR offer non-surgical treatment options for patients suffering from dyspareunia.
What is dyspareunia?
Dyspareunia is a constant or recurrent pain during sexual intercourse. Although the causes can vary, it can develop into relationship problems. Women are affected more often than men. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) estimates that up to 20 percent of women experience dyspareunia.
The defining symptom is painful intercourse that occurs at the vaginal opening or deeper within the pelvis. The pain may be localized or broader discomfort. The result is often dissatisfaction or disinterest in intercourse which can lead to relationship problems.
Physical and psychological factors or a combination of the two can contribute to this condition and the treatment often focuses on the underlying cause. Physical causes may be associated with vaginal dryness, vaginismus, and genital injury. Vaginal dryness may be due to medications and hormonal changes such as a reduction in estrogen that occurs after childbirth or menopause. Vaginismus is the involuntary contraction of pelvic floor muscles. This may be develop from medical factors, emotional factors, or both. Vaginal atrophy is common in 50 percent of postmenopausal women. This condition is associated with thinner, drier, and less elastic vaginal mucosa.
Treatment plans for dyspareunia may involve therapy for the pelvic floor muscles, lubricants, radiofrequency treatments, or surgical intervention. The treatment is geared toward the underlying issue so an accurate diagnosis is necessary. Topical hormone treatments can help patients dealing with vaginal dryness due to postpartum dyspareunia or menopause. Radiofrequency treatments in which the vaginal area is heated to improve blood flow, stimulate collagen, tighten the muscles, and improve sensitivity has produced excellent results at improving vaginal health.
Stop living with pain and restore your intimate well-being. Contact Thrive today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Maddox. (503) 928-6505Back to Labial Rejuvenation Page