Woman know all about the hot flashes and mood swings they’re likely to develop after menopause, but they’re not prepared for another common problem: vaginal atrophy and painful intercourse. Dr. Jacqueline Bracy understands the discomfort of vaginal atrophy and the problems that develop when sex is uncomfortable, and she has a solution: treatment with the MonaLisa® Touch. To learn more about how the MonaLisa Touch quickly and effectively treats vaginal atrophy, call the office in Glendora, California.
The MonaLisa Touch is a state-of-the-art laser specially designed to treat tissues inside the vagina. It’s a specific type of laser, a fractional CO2 laser, that divides a single laser beam into many tiny streams of light.
The microbeams produced by the MonaLisa treat some areas to restore vaginal health, while leaving the surrounding skin untouched. This approach promotes quick healing.
Dr. Bracy uses the MonaLisa Touch to treat vaginal atrophy, also called genitourinary syndrome of menopause, a problem that occurs in about half of all women. Estrogen helps maintain the health of tissues lining your vagina and urinary tract, so when your hormone levels drop at menopause, you’re at risk for vaginal atrophy: vaginal tissues become thin and less elastic, while blood flow and lubrication decline.
Symptoms of vaginal atrophy include:
The MonaLisa Touch may also be used to treat interstitial cystitis and lichen sclerosus, a skin condition around the external genitalia.
A round device is inserted into your vagina, and it sends out the laser beam. As gentle heat from the laser reaches deep into the vaginal lining, it restores blood circulation, stimulates collagen and elastin production, and increases hyaluronic acid.
Collagen and elastin restore strength and resilience, while hyaluronic acid hydrates tissues. As a result, the vagina regains healthy tone and texture, and symptoms caused by vaginal atrophy are relieved.
The procedure takes just five minutes. You may develop slight redness or swelling that heals in a day or two, and you’ll need to avoid sex for a short time; otherwise, you won’t have any downtime.
Dr. Bracy lets you know what type of treatment regimen you may need based on the severity of your symptoms. On average, most women need three treatments, which are spaced about six weeks apart, to achieve optimal vaginal health.
After three sessions, the improvement in your vaginal tissues is long lasting. You’ll only need one annual treatment to maintain your results.
Dr. Bracy specializes in working with women throughout menopause, ensuring they stay healthy and can maintain a satisfying sex life. Call the office to learn if you’re a good candidate for MonaLisa Touch.