Vaginal Dryness

Let’s talk about vaginal dryness and treatment options

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Vaginal dryness is a delicate topic for many women during perimenopause, menopause and beyond. From the bathroom to the bedroom, it can cause physical and emotional distress that’s difficult to explain to your doctor, partner or even your best friend. Since vaginal dryness is directly linked to declining estrogen levels, women will experience it for the rest of their postmenopausal life. The good news is that, with Rory, you have the support and resources to help you through this midlife change.

As estrogen levels in the body decrease, the tissue inside the vagina produces less natural lubricant, and the lining becomes thin and fragile. This lack of lubrication paired with a delicate lining can cause irritation, itching, and burning. Vaginal dryness can lead to intimacy and relationship issues for women. Seventy-five percent of women reported it negatively affected their sex life, and 45 percent said they’d experienced discomfort while having sex. This natural biological change doesn’t have to mean the end of your sensuality. You have options and with the right treatment, enjoying sex can be possible again.

Since sex talk isn’t exactly small talk and knowledge about treatments can be sparse, many women suffer in silence. Here at Rory, we believe it’s time to start the conversation and explore your options. For vaginal dryness, a Rory-affiliated physician can prescribe, if appropriate, a cream that’s applied locally to the vagina. This application has been shown to restore the vaginal lining which leads to increased lubrication. We also carry an over-the-counter, all-natural, water-based lubricant and vaginal moisturizer. It’s vital to educate yourself about each option, including the risks and benefits of prescription products. We’ll always guide your choice with the support and resources you need along the way. Learn more about vaginal treatments available through Rory to find the right plan for you.

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Dr. Schwartz, Rory Medical Advisor

Dr. Schwartz wants you to know that natural lubrication changes with age, but that doesn’t mean your sex life should too.

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Seventy-five percent of women reported that vaginal dryness negatively affected their sex life, let’s fix that.

How Rory works

We’re here every step of the way.

  1. The Visit

    You’ll start the online visit by answering questions about your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle.

  2. The Plan

    Your doctor will then review your information (prescription only) and determine if treatment is appropriate for you.

  3. The Arrival

    We’ll deliver your medication quickly and discreetly, so you can get to know your treatment in the comfort of your own home.

Meet our doctors

Rory is backed by doctors who get it

Dr. Melynda Barnes, MD - Rory Clinical Director

Dr. Melynda Barnes, MD

Rory Clinical Director

Dr. Melynda Barnes, MD is double board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology. Dr. Barnes is passionate about addressing the unique challenges and joys of women’s health. Dr. Barnes joined Rory to lead the clinical team, build the medical advisory board, and recruit the physicians that treat our members.

Dr. Holly Terrell, MD - Board-Certified in Family Medicine Specialization: Gynecology

Dr. Holly Terrell, MD

Board-Certified in Family Medicine Specialization: Gynecology

Dr. Holly Allen Terrell is a board-certified Family Medicine Physician at GraceMed Health Clinic. Dr. Allen Terrell received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She then went on to study medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Dr. Allen Terrell became interested in the study of medicine at a young age and found her calling serving underserved patients at GraceMed. Dr. Allen Terrell is currently married with five children and enjoys spending time with her family during her free time.

Dr. Pepper Schwartz, PhD - Acclaimed Author and Psychologist

Dr. Pepper Schwartz, PhD

Acclaimed Author and Psychologist

Dr. Schwartz is an acclaimed author, researcher, television personality and relationship expert. She is a tenured Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle and the relationship expert on the hit show Married at First Sight. Schwartz’ accolades include writing 25 books on the subjects of love, sexuality, and commitment.