One of the most common menopause problems that few women talk about is called vaginal atrophy. Vaginal atrophy is the reason sex may become painful after menopause. The experienced team at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta has a simple solution: a gentle laser treatment with the MonaLisa Touch®. Your session only takes five minutes and you won’t need to take downtime. So if you struggle with vaginal dryness or painful intercourse, and you’d like to learn more about the MonaLisa Touch, schedule an appointment online or call one of the offices in Marietta or Woodstock, Georgia.
The MonaLisa Touch is an innovative laser that’s specially designed to restore the health of vaginal tissues after menopause. As a fractional CO2 laser, the MonaLisa Touch produces therapeutic results by treating structures under the surface, while leaving enough untouched, healthy tissues to promote faster healing.
The primary condition treated with the MonaLisa Touch is called vaginal atrophy. This problem affects about half of all women after menopause, when the loss of estrogen causes vaginal changes.
Without estrogen, the vaginal lining thins out, becomes dehydrated, and loses elasticity. Its blood supply and natural lubrication also diminish. As a result, you develop symptoms such as:
Estrogen also maintains the health of tissues lining your urinary tract. As these tissues atrophy, you’re more likely to develop stress urinary incontinence. Treatment with the MonaLisa Touch may also help relieve symptoms of incontinence.
Your doctor at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta inserts a narrow wand into the vagina. Once it’s in place, the wand sends laser energy into the vaginal tissues. The laser doesn’t harm the lining; it reaches structures below the surface, where its controlled heat triggers the production of new blood vessels, collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
The boost in collagen gives the vaginal lining new strength, elastin contributes improved resilience, and hyaluronic acid is essential for hydration. As a result, vaginal health is restored.
Your treatment only takes about five minutes. The MonaLisa Touch is so gentle, you won’t need anesthesia and you don’t need to take downtime. You may have minor discomfort or swelling for a few days, and you should avoid sexual intercourse during that time. Otherwise, you can get back to your normal activities.
You may notice the difference after one treatment, but many women need three MonaLisa Touch treatments spaced about 40-60 days apart to achieve optimal results. After your three sessions, you should only need a yearly maintenance treatment.
To learn whether you’re a good candidate for the MonaLisa Touch, call OB-GYN Associates of Marietta or book an appointment online.