Menopause can bring about vaginal changes that leave women feeling less excited about sex than they used to feel. Because it brings on shifts in hormone levels, menopause can lead to vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse, as well as vaginal itching, burning, and more frequent urinary tract infections.
Here at Associates in Women’s Health in Cincinnati, Ohio, we are happy to provide women with a treatment option that can help remedy painful sex after menopause. Read on to learn about MonaLisa Touch®, a painless, minimally invasive laser treatment that revitalizes vaginal tissues and helps make sex enjoyable again.
What is MonaLisa Touch?
During menopause, your vaginal tissue may become thinner, dryer, and lose its elasticity, a condition known as vaginal atrophy. As a result, intercourse can cause pain and, in some cases, bleeding.
As many as 40% of menopausal women experience some kind of vaginal symptoms. These symptoms can interfere with your enjoyment of life and your sexual pleasure.
MonaLisa Touch is a nonsurgical laser treatment that helps restore vaginal elasticity. By gently acting on the tissue in your vagina, the MonaLisa Touch laser stimulates the production of collagen, a protein found in vaginal tissue.
Laser treatment stimulates your vaginal tissue, which helps reduce or eliminate the irritation, burning, pain, and itching that can accompany penetration and intercourse.
MonaLisa Touch may also help address urinary incontinence, a symptom that afflicts some menopausal women.
Gentle laser energy
MonaLisa Touch helps improve vaginal health by delivering fractional CO2 laser energy to the tissues of the vagina and the vulva, which is the vaginal opening.
During a MonaLisa Touch treatment, your provider inserts a thin probe into your vagina. The probe delivers gentle laser pulses that stimulate a healing response and encourage the production of new collagen in vaginal tissue.
What to expect
Treatment with MonaLisa Touch is an in-office procedure that requires no anesthesia and no downtime. It is virtually painless, produces minimal side effects, and begins to improve symptom relief after just one treatment.
A typical course of treatment is three procedures over 12 weeks. Each treatment takes less than five minutes.
Other than refraining from having sexual intercourse for two or three days after a treatment, you can resume all your normal activities right away.
Care and support for menopausal women
If your sex life is suffering because of vaginal changes related to menopause, your care providers at Associates in Women’s Health can help. We can address all of your concerns about menopause, vaginal health, and post-menopausal sexuality.
To learn about whether MonaLisa Touch is the right solution for you, call our office to schedule a visit, or make an online appointment today.