Menopause is an inevitable experience for women in middle age, but sometimes it can cause problems with vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. Jennifer Hutchison, MD, FACOG, of Sunflower Women's Health Care in Tucson, Arizona, is an experienced OB/GYN who can help restore your vaginal health using state-of-the-art laser technology MonaLisa Touch®. Call Sunflower Women's Health Care today to find out more, or book an appointment online.
MonaLisa Touch is a laser therapy that Dr. Hutchison at Sunflower Women’s Health Care uses to help women who are experiencing vaginal dryness or atrophy because of menopause, childbirth, or another condition. The laser technology restores vaginal health using a minimally invasive process that involves no surgical incisions and causes minimal discomfort.
Menopause is a natural process women go through at the mid-point of their lives. The ovaries begin to make less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone that regulate reproduction and the menstrual cycle until eventually, your periods cease altogether.
While some women don’t have too many problems with menopause, others experience a range of unpleasant symptoms, some of which affect the vagina. MonaLisa Touch can help you if you’re experiencing:
These symptoms are due to the drop in estrogen levels, which makes the lining of your vagina dry out and lose elasticity. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and topical estrogen treatments may help relieve symptoms of vaginal atrophy in many women, but for many more, taking hormones isn’t advisable. MonaLisa Touch treatment at Sunflower Women’s Health Care is the perfect solution for any woman experiencing vaginal atrophy.
MonaLisa Touch harnesses the power of laser technology, which triggers natural healing reactions that restore vaginal health. Dr. Hutchison uses the MonaLisa Touch laser to create tiny areas of damage called microlesions on the tissues in your vagina. The process isn’t painful as the damage is so slight, but it’s enough to stimulate your body into regenerating the tissues.
New collagen and elastin fibers develop as a result of the laser action, a process known as neocollagenesis. Over time, as new fibers grow, elasticity and strength return to the vaginal walls, and the mucosa that generates vaginal lubrication starts to function again. Over a few months, your vagina regains its pre-menopausal condition, resulting in a reduction of dryness, itching, and pain.
When Dr. Hutchison carries out MonaLisa Touch treatments, you won’t notice much difference between your therapy session and the pelvic exam you have during a well-woman physical. You lay back in the same position, and when you’re ready, Dr. Hutchison inserts the laser probe into your vagina.
The laser delivers pulses of energy that create microlesions, which most women find causes minimal if any discomfort. The treatment takes around five minutes, after which you can carry on as normal, although Dr. Hutchison does advise against engaging in sexual activities at first.
Most women need three sessions every six weeks and then an annual maintenance treatment, but Dr. Hutchison can advise what is best in your case.
Don’t struggle with vaginal dryness and discomfort, let MonaLisa Touch restore your intimate health by calling Sunflower Women’s Health Care today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.