• MonaLisa Touch® Works: Check Out the Research

    by Wendy R. Hurst, MD, PA
    on Jun 1st, 2018

For decades women watched men’s sexual health take center stage as medical researchers scrambled to find solutions for age-related erectile dysfunction. Thanks to the efforts of gynecologists like Dr. Wendy Hurst in Englewood, New Jersey, women’s sexual health is now receiving long-overdue attention and, more important, benefiting from safe, cutting-edge solutions.

Chief among these is the MonaLisa Touch laser system, which is changing the way women live with menopause by addressing the life-changing sexual and urinary problems of this hormone-driven transition.

Though not widely discussed, the impact that vaginal dryness, painful sex, and embarrassing incontinence problems can have on the lives of half of all menopausal and post-menopausal women can be devastating. It’s time to shed some light on these problems and how, with MonaLisa Touch, we can resolve them.  

The menopause aftermath

The period leading up to, during, and after menopause affects women in incredibly different ways. Some women navigate the journey easily with little to no changes to their bodies, while the drop in estrogen creates both temporary and permanent life-altering symptoms in others.

Most women fall somewhere in between and grapple with changes in their sexual and urinary health. Thanks to increasing awareness about issues surrounding menopause, the medical community has even created a name for these changes: Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GMS). GMS sure beats the alternative labels like vaginal atrophy and urinary incontinence and allows us to address women’s health on a broader scale.

Briefly, as your reproductive years wind down, your body makes less estrogen, the female hormone responsible for ovulation, which also influences your mood, vaginal tissue health, and lubrication.

It’s important to note that estrogen naturally decreases as you age and get closer to menopause, but it can also decrease while breastfeeding, after a hysterectomy, or after chemotherapy treatments.

The resulting loss of vaginal tissue health and lubrication often leads to vaginal dryness, including itching, irritation, soreness, and pain with intimacy, and the pain can even crop up with movements like sitting, standing, or exercise. And the loss of elasticity in your vaginal walls can also bring on incontinence issues as your pelvic floor no longer offers sufficient support for your bladder.

The MonaLisa Touch laser difference

With the ground-breaking MonaLisa Touch laser, we deliver fractional CO2 energy to the walls of your vagina with a noninvasive device that’s shaped much like a wand. The laser energy stimulates the tissue in your vagina to make collagen, a protein that keeps the tissue in your vagina supple and increases its elasticity, without damaging the surface area.

Not only does the MonaLisa Touch improve your vaginal health when it comes to sexual intercourse, the improvement in your tissue health adds better support for your bladder, alleviating problems with incontinence.

Having a vaginal laser inside your vagina may sound painful, but it isn’t. The only discomfort, if any, is the initial insertion of the laser handpiece into your vagina. However, this is due to your thinning vaginal tissue.

Sounds too good to be true? It’s not

Let’s start with the fact that MonaLisa Touch has a better than 90% overall satisfaction rate, making the MonaLisa Touch one of, if not the most, successful treatments for GMS.

Most women require three short sessions (each treatment lasts only minutes), spaced four to six weeks apart. The reason for this is that your body needs time to go to work and regenerate and repair itself with increased collagen and blood flow. After just one treatment, one study found that 84% of women experienced an appreciable difference when it came to vaginal dryness, itching, burning, and pain during intercourse.

And these results only get better as you progress through the following two treatments. Another study followed 87 postmenopausal women through their entire MonaLisa Touch treatment protocol and the women reported that the thinning, drying, and inflammation in their vaginal walls, that are the hallmarks of the drop in estrogen, improved significantly by the time they were done.

Outside of menopause, certain cancer treatments, most markedly chemotherapy, leave women with the same problems as menopause in terms of vaginal dryness and painful sex. In a study designed for women going through chemotherapy, doctors turned to the MonaLisa Touch to see if the innovative laser technology could help. And it did.

Three-quarters of the women were satisfied or very satisfied with the treatment results at the 30-day mark, and 52% of the women were satisfied with the long-term results 11 months after treatment.

To say that the MonaLisa Touch is a game-changer for women dealing with GSM or other issues related to vaginal health is no exaggeration. This break-through laser technology is allowing our patients to reclaim happy, sexually-active lives.

If you still have more questions about the MonaLisa Touch, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Or, use the online booking tool on this website to schedule an appointment.

Author Wendy R. Hurst, MD, PA Board certified gynecologist Dr. Wendy Hurst is recognized as one of the most esteemed gynecologists in the New York area.

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