Many women in the throws of menopause seek treatment for such well-known symptoms as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, fatigue, and brain fog. Yet, few specifically ask for help with painful intercourse, even though it’s a common issue that significantly impacts their quality of life and intimate relationships.
If you are suffering from vaginal dryness and thinning tissues that makes intercourse as painful, know that without treatment, it can worsen over time. Women cancer survivors who've undergone chemotherapy or radiation therapy, experience these same symptoms, often at more severely.
Fortunately, for both groups, hormone therapy is no longer the only solution. Andrew H Krinsky MD, a leading gynecologist committed to providing his Broward County, Tamarac, Florida patients with the latest and safest treatments, has helped many women overcome these issue and reclaim happy sex lives with the ground-breaking MonaLisa Touch®. Dr. Krinsky is willing to provide for any patient serving Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale areas as well.
Why painful intercourse occurs after menopause
When estrogen levels drop at menopause, women experience multiple physical changes because estrogen helps regulate many body functions. Of course, you know it causes hot flashes and mood swings, but the loss of estrogen also has a big impact on your vaginal health.
When your ovaries stop producing estrogen, your vaginal tissues become thinner, drier, and less elastic. As a result, the vaginal lining is more fragile and easily irritated.
Vaginal secretions are reduced, so you have less lubrication. And without estrogen, vaginal pH becomes less acidic, which makes you susceptible to vaginal and urinary tract infections.
These changes are all symptoms of a medical condition called the genitourinary syndrome of menopause — or more simply, vaginal atrophy. Once vaginal atrophy develops and causes symptoms, treatment with by your physician is recommended.
Facts about MonaLisa Touch
The MonaLisa Touch is a type of laser called a fractional CO2 laser. Most lasers emit a single beam of light; a fractional laser divides that beam into many tiny streams of light. This allows the laser to treat pinpoint areas of tissue to produce therapeutic results. At the same time, leaving small areas of healthy tissue accelerates healing.
Using a slim probe placed within your vagina, the MonaLisa Touch treats the vaginal tissue with laser energy. As the laser warms tissues below the surface, it triggers reactions that produce new blood vessels, as well as collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
Why are collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid so important? Because collagen restores support, elastin ensures resilience, and hyaluronic acid increases hydration.
After treatment with the MonaLisa Touch, your vaginal lining thickens and regains normal lubrication. Vaginal tissues return to premenopausal tone and elasticity. Treatment with the MonaLisa Touch also restores normal vaginal pH levels. Many women also experience improvement of mild urinary incontinence.
As your vagina regains healthy tissues, symptoms of vaginal atrophy disappear, and sexual intercourse is no longer painful.
Quick treatment and no downtime with MonaLisa Touch
Treatment with the MonaLisa Touch is painless and quick — one session only takes five minutes. However, after your session, you may experience slight redness or swelling. You won’t need to take downtime, but it’s best to avoid sex and intense physical exercise during the healing period, which takes a few days.
MonaLisa Touch delivers long-lasting results
Although the MonaLisa Touch produces dramatic results, they’re not immediate. That’s because it takes the body time to produce blood vessels, collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
The severity of your vaginal atrophy determines the number of treatments. For full treatment, three treatments spaced 40-60 days apart are recommended. During this time, your vagina continuously rebuilds vaginal tissues and restores vaginal health.
After three treatments, the results typically last up to one year. From then on, a yearly treatment with MonaLisa Touch maintains your results.*
With MonaLisa Touch, you can regain sexual health and enjoy intercourse again without pain due to vaginal dryness and atrophy. To learn more about the procedure, call our office to schedule a visit with Dr. Krinsky, or book an appointment online.
*Individual results may vary.