I am a 33 year old mother of 4. Ive had 3 vaginal births and I'm about 99% sure I have vaginal atrophy. Problem is I can't find a health care provider to take me seriously on the issue as according to them it only happens to post menopausal women, women who are breastfeeding and women who are taking medication that messes with hormones. I have all the symptoms. Dryness, itching, thrush like symptoms, painful sex, tearing etc. I've been suffing through this for 3 years (pretty much since my daughter was born). Its completely ruined my sex life. We can only do it in one position (doggy style) and even then i can still tear and be in pain for days even if i use a whole tube of lube! I've just stopped having sex because its not worth the trouble. But this doesn't solve the problem because even without the recreational non essential activity of sex I'm still in discomfort in my daily life from the dryness and itching and sometimes i can tear just from wiping after the toilet.
I started off seeing my gp who takes care of my lady business who didn't even want to listen to my vaginal atrophy theory. She tested me repeatedly for stis and for thrush and eventually gave me a lube called replense that led me to get a nasty thrush infection so i stopped using it. We then settled on a cortisol ointment, but this only treated the symptoms and i had to use it several times a day and it didn't stop the tearing. I saw another gp who referred me to a gyno. The gyno again didn't want to listen to my vaginal atrophy theory. He did a biopsy (which has now left me with scars and even more prone to tears). It showed nothing so he referred me back to my gp and dermatology. After the gyno i couldn't afford dermotology so I'm now on the 18 month wait list through public health, even though i know its not a skin condition.
I'm wondering if anyone who lives in the Perth area can recommend a dr or gyno who specialises in this condition?
Also wondering if anyone can recommend a treatment? The drs ive spoken to have only recommended going back on the pill but I can't take synthetic hormones as they have a severe affect on my moods (make me suicidal). I feel like they aren't giving me other options because they aren't taking me seriously. The other thing I've seen is "mona lisa touch" but at $2000 i think thats out of the question.
Any advice would be much appreciated.