How Does Menopause Affect the Vagina?
During the early stages of menopause — the period called “perimenopause” — shifting levels of female sex hormones such as estrogen cause the tissues in the vagina to become thinner, drier and less elastic. Vaginal secretions lessen, and even when a woman is sexually stimulated, the vagina may remain dry, which can make intercourse painful. The vagina also becomes less acidic, which increases the risk of infection and irritation. These problems can also occur in breast cancer survivors and in women who have had a hysterectomy.
What Is the MonaLisa Touch?
MonaLisa Touch is the name for a laser treatment. Lasers are increasingly used in medicine because of their ability to promote healing and tissue renewal. The MonaLisa Touch is used to restore vaginal health for conditions that occur during menopause. Treatment with the MonaLisa Touch can help relieve problems such as vaginal dryness, itching, and irritation.
How Do Lasers Work?
Lasers heat the area being treated and increase blood flow, which can stimulate the healing process. Laser treatments also help increase collagen — the protein that provides structure to the skin and other body tissues. Mona Lisa Touch uses CO2 fractional laser technology — tiny beams of energy light that are less damaging than traditional lasers.
What Happens During the Procedure?
The MonaLisa Touch device is inserted into the vagina. When the device is turned on, laser pulses stimulate new collagen production, naturally increasing blood flow and increased lubrication to help improve the function of the vagina. The procedure takes about five minutes in the office and is painless. It is repeated at six-week intervals for a total of three treatments. It will help vaginal ph, bladder function and pain with intercourse. Most women report immediate results after only one treatment. The reason why three treatments are recommended is to make sure these improvements in the vagina last eight months to a year. And then you come in for a single yearly five min treatment. Although women should abstain from sexual activity for two days after the procedure, they can otherwise resume their normal routines.
CALL US to schedule a consultation, to hear more about this treatment, and to see if you are a candidate! 707-666-0547
Thanks to all who came to our open house on Wednesday December 14th at 5:30 to learn more about this treatment!
It was a very successful night, and one lucky person even won a half-price Mona Lisa Touch treatment series! Congratulations!
We will be having more open houses in 2017—stay tuned for the details !