About half of all women develop vaginal atrophy following menopause. When estrogen levels drop, tissues inside the vagina change, becoming thinner, drier, and inflamed. As a result, you experience vaginal pain. The experts at Enliven, PC. can safely treat vaginal atrophy and relieve vaginal pain with laser treatment from the MonaLisa Touch®. Call the office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, or schedule an appointment online for this advanced treatment that rejuvenates vaginal tissues.
Vaginal atrophy, or genitourinary syndrome of menopause, develops when your ovaries stop producing estrogen at menopause. While you may be familiar with the idea of having hot flashes and mood changes when your estrogen drops, you may not realize that estrogen has a broader influence on your health.
Estrogen maintains the health of your vagina by keeping tissues healthy. It’s essential for normal elasticity, lubrication, and blood flow. When you don’t have enough estrogen, vaginal atrophy develops. Tissues lining the vagina become drier, thinner, inflamed, and less elastic. The vagina also becomes susceptible to infection as it becomes less acidic.
Symptoms caused by vaginal atrophy include:
The MonaLisa Touch is a laser treatment specially created to rejuvenate vaginal mucosa, which is the tissue that lines your vagina. The treatment uses a fractional CO2 laser that sends laser energy into the mucosa in tiny dots and to a precise depth. Advanced technology in the MonaLisa Touch delivers treatment quickly and consistently over all the tissue.
Gentle heat from the laser triggers new tissue growth, including synthesis of collagen and hyaluronic acid. Collagen provides strength and tone, while hyaluronic acid increases hydration within tissues. These substances rebuild the vaginal mucosa. Laser treatment also boosts blood supply to the vaginal mucosa and returns acidity back to normal levels.
Vaginal tone and texture improve following treatment with the MonaLisa Touch. The vagina naturally resists inflammation and infection as its normal pH is restored. Atrophied tissues are replaced with new, healthy tissue, and you no longer have vaginal pain, dryness, itching, or pressure.
Before you receive treatment with MonaLisa Touch, The providers at Enliven PC. perform an examination to be sure you don’t have any infections, trauma, or masses that may be causing your pain. However, you should follow up with your regular gynecologist to rule out underlying health conditions that may be responsible for vaginal pain.
Treatment with MonaLisa Touch is painless. After inserting the device into your vagina, your doctor starts the laser treatment. The entire process only takes about five minutes, then you can get back to your normal activities when treatment is finished.