For women with vaginal atrophy, urinary incontinence can be embarrassing, and sex can be so painful and disappointing that they may want to skip it altogether. Many menopausal women find relief from their symptoms with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). But this isn’t the answer for everyone.
Some women with a history of certain cancers or other health conditions can’t use HRT. They need a hormone-free solution that relieves their symptoms so they can address their vaginal atrophy and start enjoying sex with their partners again. If you’re one of these women, we finally have an answer.
We offer a treatment for vaginal atrophy called MonaLisa Touch® at Suncoast Women’s Care in Trinity, Florida. Here’s what you need to know about vaginal atrophy and this promising treatment.
What is vaginal atrophy?
Vaginal atrophy, also called atrophic vaginitis, is a condition some women experience when they lose estrogen. As women age and enter menopause, estrogen levels continue to decrease, leading to thinning, dryness, and inflammation of your vaginal walls.
As a result, sex with a partner can be painful. Vaginal atrophy can also lead to bleeding after sex, painful urination, vaginal burning and discharge, genital itching, and urinary tract infections. All of these symptoms can adversely affect your quality of life.
Why not HRT to treat vaginal atrophy?
Some women can use HRT to combat vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and other symptoms of menopause without any problems. However, HRT isn’t for everyone. For example, women who’ve had certain breast or ovarian cancers can’t be exposed to estrogen if it caused their cancer to grow. Other women just don’t want to take hormones.
Every situation is unique, so it’s best to talk to your doctor about your health history and concerns. In general, women with a history of the following conditions should avoid HRT:
- Blood clots in your legs or lungs
- Endometrial cancer
- Estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer
- Estrogen-sensitive breast cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Vaginal bleeding of unknown origin
Just because you have, or had, one of these conditions, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy pain-free sex again. Laser treatment with the MonaLisa Touch may help.
How does MonaLisa Touch treat vaginal atrophy?
The technology behind MonaLisa Touch has been used by dermatologists and others for years — laser therapy can resurface and rejuvenate your skin on many parts of your body. To address vaginal atrophy, a wand inserted into your vagina delivers laser therapy to your vaginal walls. The energy from the laser stimulates blood flow and tissue growth, resulting in a more hydrated and supple vagina.
The treatment session lasts less than 10 minutes, and patients usually get three treatments spaced six weeks apart. Many women across America — including some of our patients — report relief from vaginal atrophy.
If you suffer from vaginal atrophy and its various genitourinary symptoms, you may benefit from vaginal rejuvenation with MonaLisa Touch. It’s the ideal method for all women seeking a hormone-free solution to vaginal dryness and irritation.
To learn more or schedule your treatment, make an appointment at Suncoast Women’s Care in Trinity by using our online booking tool or calling our office at 727-230-9508.