You’re prepared to experience hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings during menopause. But chances are you’re not ready for a problem that affects nearly half of all menopausal women: painful intercourse due to vaginal atrophy.
If you struggle with painful sex after you reach menopause, we have an exceptional, nonsurgical, and hormone-free solution. At Associates in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Colorado Springs, Colorado, we’ve helped many women restore their vaginal health and their sex life with laser treatment using MonaLisa Touch®.
Here’s what you need to know about vaginal atrophy
Estrogen regulates many aspects of your health, from promoting bone production to affecting areas of your brain associated with mood. It’s also a key hormone for maintaining healthy vaginal tissues.
The drop in estrogen at menopause can have a dramatic impact on vaginal tissues. Without estrogen, less collagen is produced and the blood supply diminishes. As a result, your vaginal lining becomes dry, thin, and fragile, a condition called vaginal atrophy.
If you develop vaginal atrophy, you’ll experience one or more of these symptoms:
- Vaginal dryness
- Vaginal burning
- Pain during intercourse
- Bleeding after intercourse
- Less lubrication during intercourse
These uncomfortable and discouraging symptoms can be reversed with MonaLisa Touch treatments.
Details about the MonaLisa Touch
The MonaLisa Touch is an innovative fractional laser designed to treat the vaginal lining. Fractional lasers take a single laser beam and separate it into numerous beams of light.
These microbeams safely pass through the vaginal wall, sending tiny columns of laser energy into the deeper tissues. At the same time, the microbeams allow areas of healthy tissue to remain. Gentle heat from the microbeams activate a therapeutic response, while the untreated areas accelerate healing.
How the MonaLisa Touch restores healthy tissues
Heat from the laser’s microbeams trigger the production of new:
- Collagen for strength
- Elastin for resilience
- Hyaluronic acid for hydration
- Blood vessels to maintain healthy tissues
As these changes take place, your vaginal lining regains its natural tone and texture. Hydration and lubrication improve. It takes a little time for your body to produce new collagen and elastin, but over the course of several months, you’ll notice that your vaginal symptoms improve and your sex life becomes enjoyable again.
Treatment with MonaLisa Touch is fast and pain free
One treatment session with the MonaLisa Touch only takes about five minutes, and the heat is so gentle you won’t feel any discomfort. After we insert the device into your vaginal canal, it sends out laser energy in all directions, treating the entire surface at one time as we slowly remove the laser.
When your treatment is finished, you can immediately return to your normal daily activities. However, you’ll need to avoid sexual intercourse for several days.
While one treatment improves symptoms in most women, you may need several sessions to achieve optimal vaginal health and long-lasting results.
You don’t need to accept painful sex as your new normal. To learn more about the benefits of MonaLisa Touch and to regain a satisfying sex life, call our office or book an appointment online.