How MonaLisa Touch Is Helping Post-Menopausal Women

When most people think of the symptoms associated with menopause, hot flashes, moodiness, and maybe night sweats generally come to mind. But the fact is, menopause can cause lots of other unpleasant symptoms that can take a toll on your comfort and quality of life. Vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex are two fairly common symptoms of menopause that are rarely discussed. If you are suffering from these symptoms, you might have a condition called vaginal atrophy.

Many women who suffer from vaginal atrophy accept it as a "normal" part of aging without bothering to seek treatment. Those who have sought treatment typically were placed on hormone replacement therapy (HRT). While HRT can be effective in relieving the symptoms of menopause, it can also have side effects — sometimes serious ones. Plus, HRT requires ongoing testing to ensure the dosing of synthetic hormones remains optimized for each patient’s individual needs.

Today, the MonaLisa Touch offers another option to help women relieve the symptoms of vaginal atrophy. And the good news is, the MonaLisa Touch achieves this without surgery, medication, or downtime.

Vaginal atrophy: Causes and symptoms

Estrogen plays an important role in your vaginal health, helping your vagina stay well lubricated to prevent friction during intercourse. Collagen and elastin fibers in the vaginal tissue also help promote vaginal health by keeping the vagina firm, resilient, and flexible. As you age, your estrogen levels drop, especially as you get closer to menopause. As a result, your vagina produces less fluid, which means you’re a lot more likely to experience pain and discomfort during sex.

You’re also more likely to experience symptoms like vaginal itching or burning, and your risks of urinary tract infections and vaginal infections also increase. At the same time, your body is producing less collagen and elastin, so your vagina loses tonicity and firmness. If your vagina becomes very lax, your bladder or uterus can descend into the vaginal canal, a painful condition called prolapse.

Relieving vaginal atrophy with MonaLisa Touch

MonaLisa Touch was designed specifically to relieve the symptoms of vaginal atrophy by restoring natural lubrication and tonicity in the vagina. The MonaLisa Touch uses a special wand-shaped device that’s inserted into the vagina. Once in place, the device is designed to emit controlled pulses of laser energy that penetrate the walls of the vaginal canal. As the energy reaches the deeper tissues, it stimulates the development of collagen and elastin while also promoting natural lubrication.

The MonaLisa Touch treatment is performed right in the office, and typically takes about five minutes. There's no downtime, so you can resume your regular activities afterward. You'll need to avoid sexual intercourse and douching for a few days to allow the area to heal. After your treatment session, your vagina immediately begins the remodeling process. Most women notice some improvement soon after their first session, but for best results, you'll need a series of treatments spaced out over a period of several weeks. Annual touch-up treatments can help you maintain your results indefinitely. 

Learn how MonaLisa Touch can help you

Vaginal atrophy can cause a lot of uncomfortable symptoms, in addition to making you more prone to vaginal and urinary tract infections. Because painful intercourse can make it much more difficult to enjoy intimacy, many women find they feel much more confident following their treatment, and sex is more enjoyable as well — for them and for their partners. And of course, since MonaLisa Touch doesn't rely on hormone medications, you can feel confident about your treatment and your results.

If you’re suffering from vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, burning or itching sensations around your vagina, frequent urinary tract infections, or other symptoms of vaginal atrophy, MonaLisa Touch at EMG Medical Group could be a great option to relieve those problems. To learn more about MonaLisa Touch and to find out if it can help you improve your health and your quality of life, book an appointment online today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

So You Need a Colposcopy - Here's What to Expect

Colposcopy exams play a critical role in identifying (and ruling out) cervical cancer. Just like any other pelvic exam, colposcopy is quick — and it's really important for making sure you get the right treatment as early as possible.

How Your Sex Life Changes After Menopause

Menopause brings a lot of changes, including changes to your sex life. Here are three of the biggest changes you can expect — and what you can do to keep your sex life healthy and strong.

5 Common Post-Baby Health Issues

After childbirth, your body will always be different. Many mothers are very healthy, but there are post-baby health issues you should know about, prepare for, and bring up to your doctor. Here are five common health issues to talk about with your doctor.

How Infertility Affects Your Mental Health

Infertility is a difficult thing to deal with, and it can also have a huge and negative impact on your mental health. As you consider treatments for infertility, do not ignore the stress and mental health issues you may be experiencing as well.