Vaginal Dryness Clinical Research
Did you know that there are clinical trials being conducted for vaginal dryness? This medical condition is quite common amongst women as they enter menopause and afterwards. In fact, vaginal dryness can occur at any time. Our research team is working collaboratively with others around the country to help improve the treatments and therapies available for vaginal dryness.
Normally, a thin layer of moisture coats the walls of the vagina. Sexual stimulation causes more blood to flow into the pelvic organs and more vaginal fluid is produced. A hormonal imbalance or fluctuation can alter the volume and consistency of this bodily response. Any of the following can produce a significant change in hormone levels for a woman:
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Your menstrual cycle
- Growing older
Vaginal dryness also happens to be a fairly common symptom of menopause. Clinical research studies have shown that nearly 1 in every 3 women experience it while starting what’s commonly referred to as “the change.”
A Side Effect of Menopause
Menopause refers to the period of time when a woman’s body starts producing less and less estrogen. Eventually, this production is halted altogether. This causes a number of other alterations within a woman’s body. Your menstrual cycle will start to become irregular and then eventual stop as well. Other symptoms associated with menopause include:
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
- A deeper voice
- Slight increase in facial hair
(Hot flashes are also associated with postmenopausal syndrome. If you’d like to learn more about this condition, then please click here.)
Vaginal dryness is a fairly common problem for women after menopause. Still, medical researchers have discovered that this condition can occur at any age due to a wide range of culprits. For some, this may seem little more than a mild issue. We’d like to stress the fact that vaginal dryness can be the source of some serious sexual health issues. Luckily, there are already a number of treatments available for women struggling with this condition.
Estrogen and Vaginal Dryness
As mentioned earlier, the walls of the vagina are naturally lubricated with a thin layer of clear fluid. Estrogen is responsible for helping to maintain the supply of fluid that is so essential for the overall health of this pelvic organ. Since menopause causes the body to slowly stop producing this important hormone, it’s easy to see why this correlates with less vaginal fluid. It can also cause what’s known as vaginal atrophy, where the vagina starts to become thinner and lose it’s natural elasticity.
Menopause is not the only thing that can prevent the body from producing estrogen. The following can all cause a drop in hormone levels:
- Surgery to remove the ovaries
- Pregnancy, childbirth and breast-feeding
- Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation for cancer
- Sjögren’s syndrome – an autoimmune disease that damages the cells which produce moisture in the body
- Certain medications taken for colds, allergies and depression
- Not making use of enough foreplay before engaging in sexual intercourse
(Women who are diagnosed with endometriosis are often prescribed anti-estrogen medications that could produce some vaginal dryness as a side effect.)
This condition can cause a lot of discomfort for women if they don’t take steps to relieve their symptoms.
How Do You Diagnose Vaginal Dryness?
If you are experiencing any discomfort, burning or itching in the vaginal area, then you should certainly contact your gynecologist or primary doctor. They’ll ask you some questions about your medical history in order to determine how long you’ve been experiencing these indications. Please note that douching or taking certain forms of medication can exacerbate the symptoms of vaginal dryness.
This condition can be diagnosed following a pelvic examination for any significant redness or signs of thinning. This examination will also allow your doctor to rule out any other culprits, such as urinary tract infections, which can produce similar indications. You might also want to consider getting a Pap test during this visitation.
Vaginal Dryness Clinical Trials in DeLand, Florida
Not many people are aware of this, but research volunteers are needed for upcoming vaginal dryness clinical trials here in DeLand, FL. If this is an opportunity that you are interested in, our skilled team of doctors and nurses are available to answer any of your questions and help get you enrolled in the best study. If you provide us with your name, email and phone number (using the short form on this page), one of our staff members will contact you shortly.
Haven’t ever participated in a clinical trial before? We understand that you probably have a number of questions and we’re here to answer all of them. In the meantime, we invite you to visit our clinical study participation resource section. This has plenty of great information about what it’s like to be in a clinical trial here at our facility.
Qualified participants are eligible to receive compensation for their involvement in one of our Florida clinical trials. They’ll also gain access to premium healthcare and study-related medication free of charge.
We conduct studies targeted towards a diverse variety of medical conditions at our state-of-the-art facility here in DeLand. Plus, you don’t actually have to be living with a medical condition like vaginal dryness in order to qualify for a clinical trial. If you are interested in helping us advance modern medicine or to take a more active role in your healthcare, please give us a call today at (386) 785-2400.