Dr. Daniel Stone, MD FACOG
Urogynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ
Dr. Daniel Stone, MD is an expert in the management of Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause and vaginal dryness. Dr. Stone can diagnose and provide management options for vaginal dryness to patients in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding Arizona areas.
Vaginal Dryness Q & A
What causes vaginal dryness?
The most common cause of vaginal dryness is genitourinary syndrome of menopause. This syndrome is commonly referred to as vaginal atrophy or atrophic vaginitis.
What is Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause?
Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause occurs due to a lack of estrogen in the vaginal tissue, which occurs after menopause. The vaginal and vulvar tissue can become thin and dry. This can lead to vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse, increased sensitivity to the vaginal area and recurrent urinary tract infections.
How is Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause diagnosed?
Dr. Stone will examine the vaginal and vulvar tissue. Signs of strophic skin include pale, smooth, and shiny skin in the vagina and vulva.
What are the treatments for Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause?
Dr. Stone will discuss several treatments with you. Some simple changes could include using chemical-free soaps and detergents and wearing white cotton underwear. Lubrication can also be used to help reduce any dryness.
If the above conservative treatments do not work, Dr. Stone will likely discuss vaginal estrogen with you. By adding estrogen directly to the skin, the skin lining thickens, and the natural lubrication will increase. Estrogen also changes the acidity of the vagina and can reduce the frequency of urinary tract infections and decrease vaginal dryness.
What are the different forms of vaginal estrogen?
Vaginal estrogen comes in different forms including creams, tablets, inserts, a silicone ring. Dr. Stone will discuss the benefits of each of these forms with you. Usually, the ultimate decision is based on patient preference. Here are the different forms of vaginal estrogen.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We accept most insurance policies for your convenience. Please contact your insurance carrier to verify your individual benefits and any copays or coinsurance that are part of your plan. Patients are responsible for notifying our office if a specific plan requires precertification, preauthorization, or a referral (especially HMOs). Please call the phone number on the back of your insurance card to verify your provider network participation as insurance carriers change policies often.
Phoenix, Arizona 85016-1302
Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM
Main: (602) 788-1521
Fax: (602) 688-5420
Conveniently located just off Highway 51 on Maryland Avenue just East of 16TH Street between East Bethany Home Road and East Glendale Avenue.