As a Urogynecologist, I frequently see women who complain of vaginal dryness, irritation, burning and pain with intercourse. Along with that, some develop recurrent urinary tract infections, vaginal bacterial infections and recurrent yeast infections. As women age and go through menopause, the circulating estrogens in their bodies decrease and one of the side effects of this is vaginal atrophy. Vaginal atrophy is the usual suspect in causing the above symptoms that women find so bothersome.
Until recently, the only effective treatment option that we have had for treatment is locally applied vaginal estrogen cream, tablets or a vaginal estrogen ring. Many women are reluctant to use locally applied vaginal estrogens. Whether due to perceived risks of breast cancer or a personal history of breast cancer or strokes, women have often asked me for “other options” to treat their other than using hormones.
We now have another option to offer patients, namely the Mona Lisa Touch vaginal laser. Treatment involves three virtually painless five-minute in-office laser treatments spaced six weeks apart. This treatment has been shown to increase collegenization of the vagina resulting in increased elasticity and increased vaginal moisture. The results have been amazing! I have one patient who has not been able to have sex with her husband for five years until we treated her, and she had pain free sex after her first treatment!
At Northeast Ohio Urogynecology, we are the ONLY practice in the Akron/Medina area that offers the Mona Lisa Touch. Although insurance does not cover the cost of this procedure, mention this article and we will offer you a 20% discount on your treatment course. To discuss this new treatment option or any other pelvic floor concerns you have are always welcome. Please call 234-205-2040 to set up your appointment.