One of the most common concerns I hear during annual exams has to do with vaginal symptoms of menopause and how they affect a woman’s quality of life. Symptoms of itching, burning, dryness, frequent urination, and painful intercourse are experienced by over half of postmenopausal women and even by many premenopausal women in a low estrogen state (eg. postpartum or breastfeeding). Many times, these symptoms are too embarrassing for women to discuss with other women, or even with their doctor, but it is important to talk about them because there are effective treatments available. In this article I’d like to talk about one of the newest and most effective treatments for postmenopausal vaginal health. And it’s hormone free!
The new treatment for vaginal health that I am talking about is the MonaLisa Touch procedure. Procedure? How can a procedure treat uncomfortable vaginal symptoms that are due to low estrogen levels? That was my reaction when I first heard about the Mona Lisa Touch. After all, vaginal estrogen creams or tablets or rings are the standard treatment for bothersome postmenopausal vaginal conditions. Even Osphena, the only other alternative to vaginal estrogen preparations, is a partial estrogen receptor activator that has its effects on vaginal symptoms via estrogen-like actions. So how could a procedure possibly accomplish the same relief without raising estrogen levels or having estrogen-like actions in the body? The answer lies in the cutting edge technology of the MonaLisa Touch.
The MonaLisa Touch provides gentle laser energy to the vaginal wall that stimulates the tissue to form new collagen and cells that produce moisture. The result is a turning back of the clock. The vagina is restored to premenopausal thickness and again produces the natural moisture that keeps the tissue soft, supple and healthy. This leads to a dramatic improvement in vaginal dryness, itching, burning, urinary frequency and painful intercourse. All without using hormones or increasing hormone levels in the body. It is completely safe both for those who wish to avoid hormones in general as well as for those who must do so for serious health reasons (Yes, this includes breast cancer survivors!).
The images above show how the Mona Lisa Touch restores vaginal tissue to youthful function. The first image is a vaginal biopsy from a postmenopausal woman:
The second image is from the same postmenopausal woman 8 weeks after her first Mona Lisa touch treatment:
Notice how different the 1st and 3rd images look, and how virtually identical the 2nd and 3rd images appear after a single MonaLisa Touch treatment!
The response from women who have undergone the MonaLisa Touch procedure has been overwhelmingly ecstatic. This is especially true in the case of breast cancer survivors who have been left without any treatment options until the MonaLisa Touch. Take a look at what three women, 2 of them breast cancer survivors, have to say about their experience with the Mona Lisa Touch: