• Remedy Painful Intercourse Without Hormones

    on Aug 8th, 2018

Sexual intimacy is supposed to be a pleasurable experience that brings you and your partner closer together. But when vaginal dryness makes intercourse uncomfortable or even painful, you may find yourself making any excuse just to avoid it.

Up to three in four women experience painful intercourse at some point in their lives, often as a result of the hormonal changes related to menopause. Persistent sexual pain can put a damper on your desire, affect your relationship, and leave you feeling self-conscious. But you don’t have to resort to messy lubricants or hormone supplements to find relief.

Fortunately for you (and your sex life), recent advances in gynecological medicine make it possible to safely reverse the vaginal changes that lead to painful intercourse without hormones or surgery.

Dr. Wendy Hurst is proud to offer MonaLisa Touch®, an advanced laser therapy treatment that restores vaginal moisture, elasticity, and function in three quick and easy sessions. Here’s how it works.

Vaginal atrophy and painful intercourse

Dyspareunia is the medical term for frequent pain during intercourse, which includes feeling pain at any point just before, during, or after sex. This pain may mostly affect your vagina, or it may spread across your pelvic region or lower back.

Some women only feel pain during sexual penetration, while others experience discomfort even when inserting a tampon. You may experience deep pain with each thrust, or your pain may slowly emerge following normal sex. For some women, throbbing or burning pain sensations continue long after intercourse has ended.  

Although a wide range of factors can contribute to the development of dyspareunia, the problem is most common during menopause, when shifting reproductive hormone levels are more likely to disrupt your body’s sexual response, weaken your vaginal tissues, and interfere with normal lubrication.  

Menopause isn’t the only time fluctuating estrogen levels may impact your vaginal and sexual health, however. Some women experience vaginal dryness and painful intercourse following childbirth, as their hormone levels slowly return to normal. For others, the problem is a long-term side effect of treatment for breast or ovarian cancer.   

Traditional treatment solutions

For decades, gynecologists and other women’s health experts have emphasized short-term solutions like water-based lubricants and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women affected by estrogen-related vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.

Although lubricants can certainly be helpful, having to remember them every time you want to be intimate can also be a real mood-killer.

HRT can also be highly effective for some women, especially when taken in the form of low-dose topical vaginal estrogen. Unfortunately, however, HRT is a short-term solution that isn’t medically appropriate for all women.

In fact, you should avoid HRT altogether if you have a history of heart disease and related risk factors like high cholesterol and high triglycerides. You should also avoid it if you have a personal or family history of breast cancer, blood clots, stroke, gallbladder disease, or liver disease.

Laser therapy: A groundbreaking treatment solution

If you’re looking for a safe, noninvasive way to treat painful intercourse that doesn’t involve taking hormones, look no further than MonaLisa Touch laser therapy, an innovative long-term solution designed to restore normal sexual function by reversing the effects of vaginal atrophy.

MonaLisa Touch uses fractional CO2 laser energy to gently rejuvenate the tissues that line your vaginal canal. During the procedure, a slim probe helps ease the laser into your vagina where it emits gentle pulses of energy into the surrounding tissues, creating painless microinjuries that trigger your body’s natural healing response.

By stimulating collagen growth, revitalizing the vaginal mucosa, and restoring proper trophic balance to these tissues, MonaLisa Touch directly addresses the underlying conditions that lead to painful intercourse. For most women, it takes just three quick in-office laser treatments to reestablish normal vaginal functional.

Besides being safe for the vast majority of women, including those with a history of hormone-related cancers who can’t take estrogen, MonaLisa Touch also has a very high rate of success: About nine in 10 women report normal lubrication and pain-free intimacy after just three treatments sessions.

So what are you waiting for? You don’t have to let unavoidable hormonal changes diminish your vaginal health or your sex life. Call our office in Englewood, New Jersey, to find out how Dr. Hurst can use MonaLisa Touch laser therapy to help you get your vitality back.

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