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Vaginal dryness is a common symptom of vaginal atrophy- the thinning of the wall of the vagina that occurs during menopause in women. Prior to menopause, the vaginal lining appears plump, healthy, and moist. As estrogen levels decline, the lining of the vagina becomes thinner, more dry, becomes pale, and less elastic.
The skin around your vagina is more sensitive and more likely to itch following the hormonal changes that occur during menopause. This can make you prone to scratching, which then makes your skin more likely to itch, and so on. This is called an itch/scratch cycle which can become difficult to break, and can cause much distress.
At menopause, decreased levels of estrogen can cause the tissues of the vulva and the lining of the vagina to become thinner, drier, and less flexible. Vaginal moisture is reduced, resulting in decreased lubrication. Reduced levels of estrogen also result in an increase in vaginal pH, which makes the vagina less acidic, just as it was before puberty. The combination of these factors often leads to vaginal burning and discomfort in the majority of women.
At menopause the levels of the female hormone estrogen drop significantly. Estrogen has many functions, especially during pregnancy. Additionally, estrogen helps keep the skin, the bones, your brain , the vagina and the bladder and the urethra healthy. The lack of estrogen may also cause the pelvic bladder control muscles to become weak, resulting in unexpected urine loss (inontinence.)
PAIN WITH INTERCOURSE
If you’re experiencing pain during intercourse. Sex benefits you in many ways, even beyond the bedroom. It relieves stress, lowers blood pressure, boosts self-esteem, and improves intimacy. Don’t let the pain rob you of these benefits. MonaLisa Touch can give you these benefits back.
A Simple, virtually painless laser that stimulates tissue regrowth
Is Mona Lisa Touch Right for You?
Dryness and Itching
Urinary urge and discomfort
Pain during intercourse
Vaginal burning and irritation
Mona Lisa Is:
In-office, no anesthesia required
Simple, virtually painless laser stimulates tissue regrowth
No serious side effects, almost no downtime
Restores moisture, elasticity, blood supply, and collagen
Thousands of women successfully treated since 2008
Dr. Rabin trains physicians and lectures internationally about this life-changing procedure.
PROCEDURE, RESULTS, BENEFITS AND RECOVERY:
The results to be expected: Most treated patients report a reduction in dryness, and less burning and pain during intercourse, which contributes to a substantial improvement in the quality of life. This does require three treatments (6 weeks apart) to be completed and the results are more noticeable in a month and a half after each of the sessions. 90% of patient feel the benefits at the one year mark and a single treatment once a year is recommended for maintenance.
There are some minimal risks with this treatment. Many women report temporary side effects, slight redness or swelling, some discomfort that usually disappears in one to two days.
There are few exclusion criteria for MonaLisa Touch, other than those related to serious local or systemic diseases. In general, all women with these vaginal symptoms can benefit from this treatment.
If you’re a woman with vaginal atrophy due to physiological hormonal changes, then in particular MonaLisa touch is the ideal treatment.
The procedure consists of a comfortable office based laser-assisted procedure. It is virtually painless and requires no incisions or sutures and it requires 5-6 minutes (we aim for 30 minutes from your arrival to your departure from our office) for each of the 3 session. No need for any anesthesia, but an anesthetic cream is available.
During the recovery process, only a few woman have reported a slight localized discomfort following the laser treatment and during the first few days after the session. Many have reported to have resumed all of their normal routine after one to three days. It might be recommended to avoid lifting weights or some activities, such as taking a hot bath or physical exercises.
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