Chances are you anticipate menopause symptoms like hot flashes, but you may not know about a problem that affects 47% of all women called vaginal atrophy. At Triangle Women’s Center, Haritha Nadendla, MD, FACOG, sees many postmenopausal women with vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. These symptoms are signs of vaginal atrophy associated with menopause. You can overcome these problems without hormonal therapy by choosing vaginal revitalization with the safe and effective MonaLisa Touch®. To learn more about vaginal revitalization, call the office in Fuquay-Varina, Cary, or Morrisville, North Carolina, or schedule an appointment online.
Just like the rest of your body, your vagina goes through changes as you get older. If you’ve delivered babies vaginally, the tissues lining your vagina and the pelvic floor muscles supporting your pelvic organs have stretched and weakened.
Another significant change occurs at menopause when your ovaries stop producing estrogen. Estrogen has many roles in your body, and one of them is maintaining the health of vaginal tissues. Without estrogen, the membranes lining your vagina become dry and thin, a condition called vaginal atrophy.
Vaginal atrophy causes symptoms such as:
Dr. Nadendla offers one of today’s most innovative therapies for relieving the symptoms of vaginal atrophy, vaginal revitalization with the MonaLisa Touch by Cynosure.
The MonaLisa Touch is a specially designed advanced laser to treat vaginal tissues. The laser is a fractional CO2 laser, which separates a single laser beam into numerous streams of light.
These tiny light beams penetrate the vaginal wall, delivering columns of laser energy while leaving untreated areas around each microbeam. Gentle heat produced by the laser triggers a therapeutic response, while the untreated areas promote quick healing.
The MonaLisa Touch is an oblong device that your Triangle Women’s Center provider inserts into your vagina. Once it’s inside your vagina, the instrument sends out laser energy that reaches deep into your tissues. Gentle heat from the laser triggers the production of collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid, and new blood vessels.
Collagen and elastin restore strength and resilience in the vaginal tissues, while hyaluronic acid is essential for hydration. These changes boost the tone and texture of your vaginal lining, which relieves the symptoms of vaginal atrophy and revitalizes your vaginal wellness.
Your vaginal revitalization treatment is so gentle you won’t need anesthesia. The entire procedure takes about five minutes, and then you can return to your regualr daily routine. You don’t need to take downtime, but your vagina needs a few days to heal, so you should avoid sexual intercourse for 2-3 days.
To learn more about the MonaLisa Touch and vaginal revitalization, call Triangle Women’s Center or schedule an appointment online.