Why MonaLisa TouchⓇ Is a Popular Procedure Among Postmenopausal Women

We don’t refer to menopause as “the change of life” for nothing. During perimenopause and menopause, women experience changes in hormone levels that can affect the body and mind.

Menopause can be a positive time in your life, signaling the end of your reproductive years and freedom from the hormonal rollercoaster of the menstrual cycle. You may find it liberating to not have to worry about contraception or the risk of pregnancy. And who wouldn’t be relieved to put pads, tampons, and cramps behind them for good?

Menopause brings about other, less desirable effects as well though, and these are often caused by a lack of estrogen.

Losing estrogen can cause distressing symptoms

Estrogen is responsible for keeping the tissues of the reproductive organs vital and healthy, and when it declines women can experience vaginal atrophy, which is thinning and dryness of the vaginal tissues, which can be uncomfortable. Less lubrication can also mean pain during sex, and this can lead to less intimacy and a loss of sexual identity. Some women experience urinary incontinence, too.

There are hormone treatments that can help, but these are not suitable for every woman. For example, breast cancer survivors can’t use estrogen replacement and some women simply don’t want to use hormones. Hormone therapy is also not effective in every woman who tries it.

MonaLisa Touch can provide relief without artificial hormones

This clinical procedure is perfect for you if you aren’t a candidate for hormonal treatment, whether that’s through necessity or choice.

MonaLisa Touch treatment involves targeting the tissue of the vaginal wall with laser therapy, which stimulates the body to produce collagen and increases blood flow to the area, restoring the tone and hydration of the tissue and reducing the effects of reduced estrogen.

What the MonaLisa Touch treatment is like

The treatment takes place in our office on an outpatient basis and takes only 5-10 minutes to complete. It’s noninvasive, quick, and virtually pain-free.

Dr. Howerton gently inserts a vaginal probe and administers laser energy to the vaginal wall. There’s no anesthesia required and no recovery time needed. Some women have mild discomfort for a day or two following treatment, but you’ll most likely be able to walk straight out of Dr. Howerton’s office and get on with your day.

Even though the after-effects of the treatment aren’t uncomfortable for most patients, you should put a pause on your sex life to allow your tissues to heal from the procedure, but you can usually have intercourse after three or four days. Dr. Howerton will advise you about how to handle your recovery after your procedure.

Most women receive three treatments spaced out six weeks apart, and some women benefit from one annual treatment to maintain results after that.

Take back control of your intimate health

Many patients notice an immediate improvement in their symptoms, but most find even more progress after their second and third treatments.

Clinical trials have shown significant improvement for women who have undergone a course of laser therapy, and patients of Dr. Howerton are delighted with results.

The laser treatment results in restored moisture balance to the vaginal tissues, a more youthful appearance of the vulva, improved bladder control, and restoration of sexual comfort.

If menopause has left you feeling uncomfortable or in pain, you don’t need to suffer in silence. Call our office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, or schedule an appointment using our online booking facility to discuss whether MonaLisa Touch could be ideal for you.

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