While menopause causes a drop in estrogen, which affects your sexual functioning, taking estrogen to combat these symptoms isn’t for everyone. At Prince William Urology Associates in Manassas and Haymarket, Virginia, the team offers MonaLisa Touch®, an innovative laser treatment that improves intimacy-related symptoms of menopause without hormones. To learn more about how MonaLisa Touch can help you, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Vaginal atrophy describes a group of symptoms that primarily affect postmenopausal women, though if you’ve had breast cancer or taken hormonal birth control you may also experience symptoms. Menopause includes a decline in estrogen production. This hormonal change may cause your vaginal walls to become thinner and less elastic, and your vagina receives less blood as a result.
The symptoms of vaginal atrophy include:
Because vaginal atrophy makes sex more difficult and less pleasurable, the condition can greatly impact your relationship with your partner. Many women avoid seeking help because they find the symptoms embarrassing, or because they think a decline in sexual function is an unavoidable part of life after menopause. In actuality, if you’re experiencing symptoms of vaginal atrophy, you’re far from alone, and the team at Prince William Urology Associates can help.
MonaLisa Touch is a proven nonsurgical laser treatment for women with vaginal atrophy, which provides an alternative to topical estrogen. You might consider MonaLisa Touch if your doctor advises you against estrogen treatment, you’d rather avoid the potential side effects of hormones, or if you’d prefer undergoing a procedure with long-lasting results to applying a daily cream.
MonaLisa Touch stimulates collagen growth in your vaginal walls and promotes blood flow to your vagina. This helps grow back strong, healthy tissue to replace tissue that’s thin and weakened, and restores vaginal elasticity and lubrication as well. The procedure improves sexual symptoms of vaginal atrophy such as dryness and painful intercourse, as well as urinary symptoms such as burning.
If you decide to get MonaLisa Touch, you’ll come into Prince William Urology Associates for three sessions lasting five minutes each and spaced six weeks apart. The procedure is virtually painless, and you’ll experience only a gentle vibrating sensation in the treatment area when your doctor applies the laser using a wand. You’ll then be free to go back to your everyday activities after leaving the practice, though you should wait three days to have sexual intercourse.
You’ll see the best results following the completion of three treatments, though you may notice a difference after just one. Your doctor at Prince William Urology Associates may recommend coming in once a year for follow-up treatments to maintain your results.
To learn more out how MonaLisa Touch can improve the sexual and urinary symptoms of menopause without hormones, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.