Though many women may be uncomfortable discussing vaginal atrophy, it’s an extremely common condition characterized by a thinning and drying of the vaginal wall tissues. This is caused by a decrease in production of the female reproductive hormone, estrogen, which accompanies menopause, but can also be the result of pregnancy and childbirth, breastfeeding, a hysterectomy or cancer treatment. Some two thirds of all postmenopausal women (more than 32 million) in the United States suffer from vaginal atrophy.
Symptoms of vaginal atrophy range in severity from bothersome to debilitating. They include itching, a burning sensation, and pain, especially during sex. Painful sex is detrimental to relationships, diminishing gratification for women, as well as, their partners. Vaginal dryness also increases a woman’s susceptibility for urinary tract issues, such as frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs) and stress incontinence. If not treated, vaginal dryness and the symptoms it causes generally worsen and can become chronic.
The MonaLisa Touch is an innovative treatment that restores optimal vaginal health with CO2 laser technology. Via a vaginal probe, healing laser energy penetrates these tissues. This stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin, and increases blood flow. Previously, oral hormones and messy vaginal hormone creams were the only treatment options for vaginal atrophy. Unlike the MonaLisa Touch, hormones are not suitable for many women, including those who’ve had breast cancer.
Treatment is pain-free, takes only 5 minutes per session, and doesn’t entail any downtime. Most women report experiencing improvement after just one treatment. However, Dr. Nanayakkara usually recommends 2-3 treatments, slated at 6-week intervals, for maximum results. Benefits generally last up to a year, at which point treatment can be repeated.
Absolutely. The MonaLisa Touch is FDA approved. Moreover, countless women across the country have been enjoying the safe and effective benefits of this breakthrough treatment since 2012