Odds are that if you’re reading this, you’re about to enter, you’re going through, or you’ve made the full transition through menopause. For some women, this can be a very bumpy ride, leaving them with several quality-of-life issues, such as declining vaginal health, that results in painful intercourse, itching, burning, and even incontinence.
For years, women either turned to hormone replacement therapy or simply accepted these changes as an inevitable fact of life as they watched millions of dollars being poured into erectile dysfunction. Thankfully, the medical world is sitting up and taking notice of the effect menopause has on women’s health, and they’re doing something about it. Here at Park Avenue Women’s Center, Dr. Leiter, Dr. Leipzig, and Dr. Moss count themselves among those forward thinkers, which is why they offer MonaLisa Touch® laser therapy for vaginal health.
If you’re curious about how the MonaLisa Touch can make a difference in your life before and after menopause, here’s what you should know.
There’s a name for what you’re going through
Now that the spotlight has swung in the direction of women’s sexual health, the medical community is doing away with words like “vaginal atrophy” and acknowledging that the drop in estrogen that comes with menopause causes much broader issues. For this reason, gynecologists now refer to your post-menopausal symptoms as Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM), which affect 50% of women in this group.
GSM includes genital symptoms like vaginal dryness and burning, sexual symptoms such as loss of lubrication and impaired function, and urinary symptoms like incontinence. And all three of these areas can have an enormous impact on a woman’s quality of life after her reproductive years.
Help has arrived
If you’re looking for a magic wand to end your postmenopausal troubles, the MonaLisa Touch laser technology at our practice is right on the mark. With the MonaLisa Touch, we deliver CO2 energy into your vaginal walls to stimulate tissue health.
The energy passes harmlessly through the surface area and stimulates a mild healing response in your vaginal tissue. This response is led by an increase in the production of collagen, which is responsible for the elasticity and tone in your skin.
The healing response increases blood flow to improve natural lubrication and also promotes cell regeneration, and tissue rehydration to improve your overall vaginal health.
Beyond sexual health
Sexual health isn’t the only thing that can fall prey to menopause. Problems with incontinence are more common than you’d think, with almost 40% of women reporting some issues in controlling their bladders.
The reason this happens is that as your vaginal tissue health declines, your bladder loses valuable support inside your pelvis. As well, your pelvic floor, which holds everything in place, also begins to weaken before and after menopause.
With MonaLisa Touch, when we stimulate the tissue to produce more collagen, the provides your bladder and pelvic floor with renewed support.
It really is that simple
One of the aspects our clients find hard to believe is that the MonaLisa Touch works after just three in-office treatments, each of which lasts only three to five minutes. The full effect isn’t realized until after the second or third treatment, from the day of or after the first treatment many women enjoy noticeable improvement.
You do need to wait six weeks between each session to allow time for your tissues to regenerate. You may start to feel the effects of this renewed health early on or not until after your final treatment. Since your body works at its own pace, you need to be patient, but the wait is worth it.
Going forward, we recommend you come back annually for touch-up treatments to keep your collagen production going strong.
Here at Park Avenue Women’s Center, we firmly believe that women should be able to lead healthy, sexually active lives before and after menopause, which is why we’re excited about the MonaLisa Touch system. If you’d like to find out more, we invite you to give us a call or use the online scheduling tool on this website to book an appointment.