Issues with vaginal health during perimenopause and menopause are things I must confess, I was a wee bit sanctimonious about. That’s because I didn’t have any of them during perimenopause – at all. Not even a little bit.
Yes, I knew about the painful symptoms of menopause; it’s been a symptom to which I have devoted much copy here at The Perimenopause Blog. But, I didn’t have an issue with it, so unfortunately, I probably wasn’t as sympathetic or perhaps empathetic as I should have been. I just wrote about it. But, I couldn’t really say I had any “skin in the game” as it were, because I didn’t.
And then menopause – 12 consecutive months without a menstrual cycle – rolled around for me and I crossed-over into those oft discussed “post-menopause” years. Which is really just another way of saying, I reached menopause and thus began my years of official “aging.”
Then about a year or so post-menopause, it happened. I began to notice changes in my vaginal health. I also began experiencing vaginal atrophy, which I wouldn’t have known if my gynecologist hadn’t politely nodded her head in the affirmative when I asked her if I was.
No words, mind you. She just looked at me with a slightly pained look on her face like she didn’t want to tell me that my lady parts were changing. And she would know since she’s the only human on this earth who has seen inside there!
And it hurt too! I was feeling chafed and all sand-papery “down there” and any semblance of sexual activity reminded me that the old gray mare just wasn’t what she used to be. I knew I couldn’t ignore it any longer. I mean, if this was happening before I was even 60 years old, I could only imagine how bad it was going to get as I continued to age!
After I spoke with my physician, I decided to use estrogen to address my issues. Up until then, I had only used bioidentical progesterone. But, brain fog, short-term memory loss, and changes in vaginal health and atrophy forced me to rethink the entire hormone replacement therapy thing. And I’m glad I did. I don’t have issues with vaginal health anymore, but the atrophy thing? Well……
But what if you don’t want to use hormone therapy? Or maybe you want to but can’t use hormone therapy because of a family history of breast cancer, or other forms of cancer that make estrogen prohibitive? What then? Are you simply doomed to live in misery the rest of your life?
No, you’re not!
The MonaLisa Touch® Addresses the Painful Symptoms of Menopause
If you are beginning to experience changes in vaginal health due to perimenopause or menopause, MonaLisa Touch® could be a viable treatment option for you. But, first things first: What is MonaLisa Touch?
MonaLisa Touch is an innovative laser therapy that delivers fractional CO2 laser energy to the vaginal wall tissue to promote vaginal mucosal revitalization. Now before you freak out at the idea of a laser being inserted into your very delicate (and deeply personal) lady parts, hear me out! Because while it sounds like it might be painful, it’s not.
In fact, the procedure is easy, safe, gentle and effective, requires no anesthesia and is virtually painless. I mean, think about it ladies, if you have endured a pap smear (and who hasn’t at our age?) or given birth, then you’ve had all kinds of cold, stainless steel contraptions up “there” anyway. Right? But, the MonaLisa Touch is nothing like that.
I said gentle. So settle down.
Okay, Magnolia, We’re Settled Down…..So How Does it Work?
The MonaLisa Touch fractional CO2 Laser delivers controlled energy to the vaginal tissue, which generates new collagen and increased vascularization (the formation of vascular tissue), thus restoring vaginal health. Patients receive three 5-minute treatments at six-week intervals with a recommended annual follow-up treatment. Of course, you and your doctor will determine if follow-up treatments are required. They may not be.
Who Can Benefit from the MonaLisa Touch?
Any female who is experiencing the painful symptoms of menopause, including issues with intimacy, as well as women who have experienced changes in vaginal health as a result of a hysterectomy or breast cancer treatments are good candidates for treatment with MonaLisa Touch.
Where is Treatment Available?
The MonaLisa Touch therapy is available at OB/GYN, urogynecologist and urologists’ offices, as well as top medical institutions across the country. If you are not in these areas but are interested in learning if MonaLisa Touch is available in your area, you can visit the website www.SmileMonaLisa.com to locate a physician.
How Much Does it Cost?
The MonaLisa Touch is offered to patients as a cash paid treatment. Patients should contact their healthcare professional for additional information on the treatment.
Has the MonaLisa Touch Been Clinically Studied?
If you’ve read my site for any length of time, you know that I like to cite studies to back up my posts. The MonaLisa Touch has been documented in 17 published studies with numerous research efforts still ongoing. Additionally, two renowned urogynecologists in the United States—also leading experts in the field of vaginal health—have conducted a multisite study.
In the study, the use of fractional CO2 laser therapy was assessed on 30 women participants with vaginal health issues. All 30 women in the study experienced a positive result, with many having complete resolution of their symptoms.
Study results also include:
- Initial symptom improvement almost immediately following the first treatment
- No side-effects or adverse reactions, and patients showed an escalation in progress with each subsequent treatment
Still Curious About How MonaLisa Touch® Actually Works? Check Out This Video!
And as always, dear readers, if you decide to look into the MonaLisa Touch for treatment of vaginal health issues, please do let me and the other readers know how it went, what you think about it, and of course, the results!
And one more time before you go…… you can get more information on the MonaLisa Touch and physicians near you who might perform the procedure by going to this site here: www.smilemonalisa.com.