Not getting your period may feel like a win when you hit menopause. But the accompanying decrease in estrogen may lead to vaginal dryness and irritation, which can cause discomfort, especially during intercourse. As a board-certified OB/GYN at Brown’s Women’s Care, P.A., in Monroe, North Carolina, Dr. Heather Leslie-Brown uses the MonaLisa Touch® treatment to rejuvenate and improve your gynecological health. If you’re experiencing vaginal discomfort, call today or schedule an appointment online.
MonaLisa Touch is a laser treatment that improves the health and elasticity of your vaginal wall. The procedure is nearly painless, clinically proven, and minimally invasive in using laser energy to stimulate and heal the cells in your vagina.
The state-of-the-art technology was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for gynecological use in 2014.
MonaLisa Touch doesn’t require anesthesia, so Dr. Leslie-Brown is able to do it in her office. The procedure takes at most five minutes, and women typically need only three treatments over 18 weeks. Then, you’ll need only to follow up at your annual check-up.
Dr. Leslie-Brown inserts the vaginal probe gently into your vagina, and the laser’s light energy makes tiny punctures in your vaginal wall. The mostly painless procedure increases blood flow to your vagina while promoting growth of healthy tissue. The treatment causes your vaginal wall to thicken and become more pliable, almost like it was before menopause.
MonaLisa Touch leaves few side effects. Some women have minimal bleeding or vaginal discharge, which usually clears up within three days.
Any postmenopausal women experiencing painful intercourse or vaginal dryness and discomfort are candidates for MonaLisa Touch.
If you had a hysterectomy, you may also benefit from the procedure. It has also been used for women with vaginal atrophy following breast or ovarian cancer who can’t supplement with vaginal estrogen.
MonaLisa Touch is also used to treat women with thinning and irritation of their vulvar skin, which is known as lichen sclerosus.
Many women call the MonaLisa Touch life-changing. Not only does it improve your intimacy with your partner, but it also reduces postmenopausal vaginal pain and discomfort.
MonaLisa Touch may also be effective at treating urinary incontinence and urgency. However, the FDA’s approval does not extend to this use.