As a woman, you get used to dealing with the hassles of a monthly period. And when menopause comes, there’s a pretty good chance you’re glad to see your periods go for good. But the end of menstruation is just one change associated with menopause. There are plenty of other changes, too — some good and some, well, not so ideal. Since the risk of getting pregnant no longer exists, many women find menopause a much more sexually liberating time of life. But others find the decline in estrogen causes intense vaginal dryness and other symptoms that can make intercourse unpleasant and, in some cases, downright painful.
For years, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was the only real option for women who wanted meaningful, lasting relief from vaginal dryness and its related symptoms. And that meant women were left dealing with a lot of unpleasant and potentially harmful side effects that go hand-in-hand with long-term hormone use. But today, there’s another option. At Andrew H. Krinsky MD Gynecology, we offer the MonaLisa Touch©, a state-of-the-art treatment that uses laser energy to rejuvenated vaginal tissue so intercourse is comfortable and pleasurable again. And that’s not the only benefit offered by this in-office treatment. Here’s how the MonaLisa Touch can help you relieve many of your uncomfortable post-menopausal symptoms.
How menopause affects vaginal health
Most people associate menopause with symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and moodiness. But menopause can also affect your vaginal health, sometimes in serious ways. Estrogen isn’t just “used” for sexual reproduction; it also has a direct bearing on your vaginal health. When your body is producing estrogen at a “normal” rate, the hormone helps keep your vagina firm and lubricated.
But when estrogen production drops off, so does your natural vaginal lubrication. That means the friction of sexual intercourse can irritate your vaginal lining, sometimes even causing bleeding. At the same time, lower levels of estrogen cause the vaginal tissue to become thin and brittle, which means you’re far more likely to experience pain during intercourse. You can also experience an increase in vaginal and urinary tract infections, as well as mild urinary incontinence.
MonaLisa Touch improves vaginal health
The MonaLisa Touch is a laser treatment system that was specifically designed to improve vaginal health and lubrication. The system uses a special wand-shaped applicator to release controlled bursts of laser energy in a 360-degree pattern. Once the applicator is inserted into your vagina, the laser energy penetrates the vaginal tissues, promoting the production of collagen, an important factor in vaginal health. Collagen helps our tissues stay firm and elastic. When we’re younger, our bodies produce plenty of collagen. But during menopause, collagen production declines along with estrogen, resulting in less lubrication and decreased elasticity and firmness in the vagina. By ramping up the production of collagen inside the tissues of the vaginal walls, the tissues are rejuvenated without the use of hormone products or treatments.
MonaLisa Touch treatments are performed right in the office. During your treatment, you’ll like on your back, just as you do for a pelvic exam. The device is gently inserted, and Dr. Krinsky controls the laser output to help restore and rejuvenate your vagina. The laser is designed to penetrate to the deeper layers where collagen is produced, without harming the surrounding superficial tissue. As a result, most women experience very little minor discomfort during their treatments, and each session lasts just a few minutes. Typically, a series of treatments achieves the best results, but most women see significant improvement after just one session. Once collagen production increases, you can notice a decrease in vaginal dryness and irritation, along with increased firmness and sexual responsiveness in and around your vagina. Plus, treatments can be repeated without any negative side effects, so you can maintain those improvements indefinitely.
Put an end to vaginal dryness — without hormone therapy
Don’t let vaginal dryness and discomfort take a toll on your sexual health. With MonaLisa Touch, you can enjoy better vaginal health and better sex, without the side effects associated with long-term use of hormone medications. To learn more about MonaLisa Touch treatments at Andrew H Krinsky MD Gynecology or to discuss other menopause-related issues, book an appointment online today.