Despite the ubiquity of those ads about silver foxes and their quest for sexual rejuvenation, approximately half of postmenopausal women have an equivalent condition called vaginal atrophy (VA). Vaginal atrophy occurs during or after natural, surgical, or medical menopause because your levels of the hormone estrogen drop. Estrogen stimulates your vulvar and vaginal tissues to stay plump, elastic and lubricated. Without estrogen, these tissues become drier, looser, and less elastic. A new therapy at Tahoe Women’s Care called MonaLisa Touch® revives your vagina and vulva with relaxing heat — no hormones, surgery, or pills required.
Here are some reasons why MonaLisa Touch may be your first choice for vaginal and sexual rejuvenation:
1. Sex hurts…
When one group of more than 3,000 women with VA were surveyed about their symptoms, 59% said that they didn’t enjoy sex anymore and 44% reported that intercourse was actually painful. A dry vagina can be itchy, uncomfortable, and more prone to infections even if you’re not having sex.
You may have tried to alleviate the friction of sex or control dryness and itchiness with over-the-counter (OTC) lubricants. But creams and gels that try to substitute for natural lubrication often must be reapplied, are inconvenient, messy, and may limit sexual spontaneity.
MonaLisa Touch is a CO2 laser procedure that re-stimulates your own lubrication, so you don’t need creams or gels anymore. In one to three treatments that require no anesthesia or pain reliever, the laser initiates a healing response in your feminine tissues so that they begin producing rejuvenating collagen and elastin again.
You can start having sex just three or four days after your treatment. Within a month, your vagina can lubricate itself, making sex pleasurable and spontaneous once more, and alleviating dryness and itchiness. Most women just need a yearly touch-up to maintain their benefits.
2. … or doesn’t feel like much of anything
Have you noticed that your vagina is looser than it used to be, owing to pregnancy or aging? MonaLisa Touch can help. The increased collagen production after MonaLisa Touch tightens your vaginal opening and surrounding tissues. Your vagina and vulvar tissues become thicker, more hydrated and more toned.
MonaLisa Touch also stimulates more blood flow to your rejuvenated tissues, increasing sensation as well as lubrication. More than 90% of women reported a tighter vagina after three MonaLisa Touch treatments. Improved sensation and enjoyment of sex can give your relationship a boost, too.
3. You have urinary incontinence or vaginal and urinary infections
A common symptom associated with both perimenopause and menopause is the loss of urinary continence. A laugh, a sneeze, an unexpected move might unleash a droplet or stream of urine.
MonaLisa Touch rejuvenates urogenital structures. When your mucosal tissue thickens, it becomes more nourished, hydrated, and toned. Your pelvic floor muscles are stronger, the muscles around your urethra tighten and strengthen.
Toned, lubricated tissues are also better able to stave off infections. If you’ve noticed an increase in vaginal or urinary infections, talk to a physician at Tahoe Women’s Care about MonaLisa Touch.
4. You’re a survivor!
MonaLisa Touch is 100% non-hormonal treatment, which makes it perfect for survivors of breast, uterine, ovarian, and other cancers that may be triggered by hormones. Chemotherapy often induces menopausal symptoms even in young women. MonaLisa Touch alleviates vaginal-related menopause symptoms without the need for drugs or further surgery.
When you’re ready to reclaim your sexual health through vaginal rejuvenation with MonaLisa Touch and leave VA behind, call Dr. Gary Willen and his gentle, helpful team at Tahoe Women’s Care. You can also use the online form to schedule a consultation to find out if MonaLisa Touch is right for you.