Women are prepared for the hot flashes and night sweats that occur during menopause, but most of them don’t realize that loss of estrogen also causes urological problems like pain during urination, difficulty urinating, and urinary incontinence. The team at Enliven, PC. can help stop urological problems with laser treatment from the state-of-the-art MonaLisa Touch®. Call the office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, or book online to learn how a few five-minute sessions can alleviate urinary problems.
Dysuria refers to pain during urination or difficulty urinating. The pain may be felt around your external genitalia or in your urethra, the tube that carries urine out of your bladder. Some women have minor discomfort, while others experience severe burning.
A variety of health conditions can result in painful urination because they cause:
Dysuria also commonly occurs during and after menopause. One of the top causes of dysuria – urinary tract infections – develop from changes in the vagina and urethra that naturally occur due to low levels of estrogen at menopause.
Estrogen plays a significant role in the health of tissues that line your vagina and urethra. It helps them maintain tone, elasticity, blood supply, and the level of acidity needed to prevent infection and irritation.
When estrogen levels drop during menopause, women develop vaginal atrophy. Tissues in the vagina and urethra become thin and dry, lose elasticity, and become less acidic. As a result, you may experience:
The MonaLisa Touch is a laser device with unique technology that treats vaginal and urological problems caused by menopause. The fractional CO2 laser emits laser beams in precise spots in tissues inside your vagina. Gentle heat from the laser promotes tissue regeneration.
Heat from the laser increases the blood supply and triggers production of collagen and hyaluronic acid in tissues lining the urethra and vagina. These changes regenerate tissues that had deteriorated from loss of estrogen, improving their tone and texture and restoring normal acidity.
Following laser treatment, tissues in the vagina and urethra regenerate and become healthier. The tissues also become thicker and tighter. With the proper pH, they can resist infection and the inflammation that causes dysuria. All of these changes relieve atrophy and eliminate problems caused by tissue atrophy, including urinary incontinence and painful urination.
The first step is a complete examination to be sure you don’t have any infections or health conditions causing your urinary symptoms. Once your doctor rules out other problems, you can receive treatment with the MonaLisa Touch.
The procedure is painless, so you won’t need a local anesthetic. The laser device is inserted into your vagina and treats the entire area in five minutes. Most women don’t experience any side effects. You don’t need to take any downtime, but you should avoid sexual intercourse for a few days.