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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Non-Hormonal Vaginal Health Treatment: It's A Shocker

Non-hormonal vaginal health is the current buzz word. While estrogen therapy is fast, effective and safe for vaginal health through perimenopause and menopause, and the SERM Osphena appealing because of the benefits beyond vaginal health, it's the alternatives that are gaining traction current. The most shocking news yet is the finding that SSRI treatment can be beneficial for vaginal health. Since the introduction of Prozac, a medication that alters serotonin for the treatment of depression, there has been an expansion of the use of all of serotonin modulators for the treatment of a variety of conditions including sexual function, smoking cessation, and pain syndromes. When used in a study of hot flash treatment it was found that a short eight week course venlafaxine improved the vaginal dryness and pain of intercourse of sex and that it was even better than low dosage estrogen in this trial. Just improving mood and having more sex is also beneficial for vaginal health, so do not discount that fact.  In other studies using the similar medications of sertraline, paroxetine and escitalopram in the dosages for hot flashes sexual function was not negatively affected. But, for the most part these medications have not been studied in a rigorous way for their effects on the various components of sexual function. But serotonin reuptake inhibitors are known to be effective for various pain syndromes and we do have serotonin receptors through the body, including in the genital tissues. So treatment with these compounds for menopausal symptoms may the newest way to improve vaginal dryness, but there are still substantial numbers of women who prefer non-medication treatments. For this group, MonaLisa Touch vaginal rejuvenation is the best option.

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