As you reach menopause you may already be familiar with many of its dreaded symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats. But the fluctuations in your hormone levels also lead to vaginal dryness and itching, painful intercourse, and recurrent vaginal infections. Leading urologists Dr. Raul Hernandez and Dr. Brian Grady at Fog City Urology in Duboce Triangle, San Francisco, offer advanced treatment options to help relieve your vaginal discomfort, including the MonaLisa Touch®, the latest in laser therapy. Call or book an appointment online to learn more about laser treatment for vaginal dryness.
MonaLisa Touch® is a safe and minimally invasive laser procedure that helps to alleviate vaginal dryness. As you approach menopause and estrogen levels fall, your vaginal tissue begins to thin, which can cause dryness and irritation. On top of the discomfort, these symptoms may also affect intimacy.
MonaLisa Touch may be right for you if you’re experiencing:
The MonaLisa Touch laser works by gently injuring your skin and prompting it to produce collagen, a structural protein that gives your vaginal wall its elasticity and strength. The new collagen improves the tone and texture of your vaginal wall, which reduces the discomfort.
The entire MonaLisa Touch treatment takes about five minutes, and Dr. Hernandez or Dr. Grady take care of it in the office. The procedure isn’t painful, but you may experience a light vibration.
For best results, the team at Fog City Urology recommends at least three treatments spaced six weeks apart. After that, you can maintain vaginal health with yearly treatments.
After treatment, you may experience some discomfort for the first few days. During that healing period, Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Grady recommend you refrain from sexual intercourse, physical exercise, and hot baths.
How long results last after treatment may depend on your vaginal health, your age, and your daily habits, such as diet choices and smoking. But you can expect your results to last at least a year.
While MonaLisa Touch is primarily used to treat vaginal dryness, it may also help women with vaginal laxity, also known as a loose vagina. Due to age or giving birth, some women experience a decrease in the tone of their vaginal muscle. As with vaginal dryness, the laser may improve the strength and elasticity to tighten the muscle.
Vaginal laser treatment may also help women experiencing mild urinary incontinence.
If your menopausal symptoms are affecting your quality of life, call the office or book an appointment online.
*Individual results may vary