Vaginal dryness may seem like a minor irritation, but it can seriously impact daily health and intimacy. It can occur at any time to women of any age, but it most often occurs during menopause, when production of estrogen and progesterone slows — and eventually stops.
You’re familiar with the eventual cessation of your menstrual cycle as a result of these hormonal changes, but other changes — including less lubrication — also occur. Estrogen no longer prompts your body to produce as much of the clear fluid that thinly lines the vaginal walls. Along with the reduction in moisture, your vagina also becomes thinner and less elastic, which further contributes to pain during intercourse.
The MonaLisa Touch provides a state-of-the-art, safe alternative to vaginal estrogen creams. The laser delivers laser energy to the vaginal wall, which stimulates the production of collagen — a compound that supports the strength and suppleness of your tissues. Healthier tissue replaces the atrophied vaginal tissue. As a result, you’ll experience renewed:
Dr. Hurst performs the procedure in just five minutes — right in the office. It has minimal side effects and no downtime. Dr. Hurst will evaluate you yearly to determine if you need touch-ups.
The MonaLisa Touch laser sessions last just a few minutes. During this time, the doctor gently inserts a vaginal probe into your vagina. The probe emits the healing laser energy. It’s well-tolerated by most patients and described as being “virtually painless.”
Women who’ve experienced menopause, or who've had it surgically or chemically induced (through a hysterectomy or cancer treatment) respond best. Dr. Hurst evaluates your medical history and does an exam to ensure it’s the right treatment for you.
While you’ll likely notice improvement after the first treatment, typically three treatments are recommended, scheduled six weeks apart for optimal results.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!