Vaginal atrophy is the almost-universal change in vaginal skin health in post-menopausal women and women undergoing hormonal or radiation breast cancer treatments. Because vaginal atrophy causes both vaginal and bladder symptoms, the North American Menopause Society recommends that the term genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) replace the older term vaginal atrophy. Symptoms of GSM include:
- Pain with intimacy
- Lack of vaginal lubrication, causing the vagina to feel like sandpaper
- Sensation of vaginal tearing with intimacy and loss of vaginal elasticity
- Urinary urgency, frequency and incontinence
- Frequent bladder infections
- Diminished pleasure during intimacy
Fortunately, there are effective treatments for GSM that can restore your vaginal health. Options include the use of vaginal moisturizers and lubricants as well as low-dose vaginal estrogen, which has been proven safe and effective, even in women with a history of breast cancer. If you prefer not to use hormonal therapies, there are safe, non-invasive energy-based treatments available at MD Wellness Solutions. Dr. Tkatch offers MonaLisa Touch, a CO2 vaginal laser, Vitalia radiofrequency treatments, and Emsella pelvic-floor strengthening to bring your vaginal health back.
Genitourinary syndrome is a common medical condition that is not commonly discussed. Dr. Tkatch is uniquely qualified to help you with your symptoms of GSM. She is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist with additional training in dermatology and women’s sexual health. Dr. Tkatch personally evaluates all the technology available in her clinic and can tell you exactly what your treatment will be like because she’s experienced it herself.
Please visit your family doctor to get a referral to Dr. Tkatch for an evaluation of your symptoms of GSM. If you don’t have a family doctor, virtual care services like TELUS MyCare are covered by MSP and can refer you to Dr. Tkatch. She will review all of the available treatment options with you and help you make the most appropriate choice. Energy-based treatments for GSM aren’t covered by the Medical Services Plan (MSP), but may be covered by your extended health coverage, and are a medical expense that can be declared on your tax return.