Is MonaLisa® Touch Effective in Treating Incontinence and UTI?

Menopause is a natural part of life for women, though many feel the effects of menopause as anything but natural. Although hot flashes and night sweats are perhaps the best-known symptoms, they’re hardly the only effects. The hormonal changes that accompany the end of your reproductive years cause a different range of symptoms for almost every woman.

For some, the effects on their vaginas can be quite significant. The lining of the vagina suffers substantially once the blend of hormones that kept it healthy and active subsides. In particular, the vaginal mucosa — the layer that keeps your vagina moist — thins out to roughly 20% of its original thickness.

This condition is called vaginal atrophy, and it’s normally accompanied by its own range of symptoms that can include uncomfortable or painful sex, itching, and burning. For some women, urinary incontinence and an increase in urinary tract infections (UTIs) may start in the perimenopause and menopause periods.

UTIs can increase around menopause

The proximity of your urinary tract and vagina is closely related to the development of UTIs. When hormone production slows after menopause, the pH balance of your vagina moves away from its natural, slightly acidic level.

This slightly acidic pH encourages the presence of lactobacilli, a healthy bacteria that creates a hostile environment for harmful bacteria. Lactobacilli forms a barrier against bacteria migrating into the urethra. Without this barrier, there’s an increased risk of UTIs.

Menopause and urinary incontinence

After menopause, your pelvic floor muscles may weaken, your bladder can lose elasticity, and your urinary sphincter may start to fail, leading to unexpected leakage.

You may suffer from stress incontinence, where activities such as running, jumping, coughing, and sneezing cause leakage, or you may have urge incontinence, which is the result of an overactive bladder muscle that pushes out urine even when the bladder isn’t full. Some women may have both types of incontinence.

How MonaLisa Touch® can help

The MonaLisa Touch system uses a probe to deliver gentle laser energy to the vaginal walls. This energy penetrates the surface of the vagina and warms deeper tissue, signaling the body that the tissue is damaged and needs replacement. From that point, your body’s own regenerative systems take over.

Blood flow to the vagina increases as part of the healing process, and new tissue forms as the old, compromised tissue is flushed away through your bloodstream. This new tissue returns the lining of your vagina to a more youthful condition. The pre-menopause pH balance returns, and with it comes the natural barriers against UTIs.

The increased blood flow to your vagina also stimulates the renewal of tissue throughout your pelvis, including the bladder and muscles of the pelvic floor. Most women experience a return of urinary control in addition to improved resistance to infection.

The MonaLisa Touch treatment

A MonaLisa Touch session only takes about five minutes. The treatment is pain-free, there’s no downtime, and side effects are rare and minimal.

The typical course of treatment includes two additional sessions at six-week intervals, though it’s likely you’ll feel improvements after the first treatment. Some women may benefit from annual treatments.

Contact my office by phone or request a consultation online today. We can discuss your menopause symptoms in depth and determine if you might benefit from MonaLisa Touch treatments.

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