For those reaching menopause, vaginal dryness is a common problem; but the MonaLisa Touch® treatment option may be a solution. With age, a woman’s estrogen levels begin to drop. In turn, there is less production of a natural lubricant that protects female organs, and keeps vaginal tissues hydrated and healthy. When tissue remains dry over time it becomes thin and loses elasticity. This is called atrophic vaginitis. These changes cause pain and bleeding with intercourse. Studies show that over 25 percent of women over the age of 50 experience this problem during menopause; however, some may experience symptoms at younger ages due to low hormones, medications, or cancer-related treatments.
This dryness could lead to painful intercourse and other interruptions of daily life activities. Further complications can turn to chronic itching, pain, and burning felt throughout the day while walking, sitting, or exercising. Another concern is the risk of injury during sex due to the skin becoming thinner and more delicate. When complications arise, it’s important to see your doctor to discuss available options.
Ineffective Treatments for Dryness
Using a traditional lubricant during intercourse is not always enough to provide comfort when atrophic vaginitis is causing the dryness. Some patients begin to lose interest in physical relationships because of the discomfort and the worry of injury. Moreover, the skin is at a higher risk of bacterial and yeast infections, leading to additional pain, heavy discharge, and odor.
An Alternative & Effective Solution
MonaLisa Touch® offers women an opportunity to feel better and improve their quality of life. Mona Lisa Touch uses laser energy to stimulate the tissue to increase the production of collagen. This results in thickening of the vaginal tissue, which increases flexibility and moisture production. The laser energy is a fractionated carbon dioxide laser. This is the same laser that has been used for years to tighten and improve the collagen on the face and neck. It is a pain-free treatment that lasts less than 5 minutes with no recovery time. Patients receive three sessions at six-week intervals, and many start noticing improvement within a few days of the first treatment.
By relieving this uncomfortable symptom of menopause, MonaLisa Touch® helps patients feel healthier and more youthful. The improvement frequently increases libido and dramatically reduces the risk of problems like yeast infections or injury during intercourse.
Contact Woodlands OBGYN Associates today, and schedule an initial consultation. Call 281-364-9898.
Raj Syal, MD, FACOG