It’s not uncommon for women to experience changes in their vaginal tissue after having a baby or in the years leading up to menopause as their hormone levels decrease. However, many women simply suffer through the discomfort and pain caused by these changes. At Premier Women’s Health Associates in West Hills, California, board-certified OB/GYN Gary Ott, MD, FACOG, offers an innovative solution to improve vaginal health with MonaLisa Touch®. To learn more about MonaLisa Touch and how it may benefit you, contact the OB/GYN office by phone today.
MonaLisa Touch® is a minimally invasive CO2 laser that delivers gentle laser energy to your vaginal tissue. The women’s health tool works by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, which are the proteins responsible for vaginal tissue strength and elasticity. It also improves tissue vascularization for better hydration and nutrient delivery.
The laser energy produced by MonaLisa Touch also restores vaginal pH.
Dr. Ott determines if you’re a good candidate for MonaLisa Touch during a consultation. He uses the tool to treat vaginal atrophy, which often results after having a baby or from the natural decline in hormone levels as you approach menopause.
Vaginal atrophy refers to a thinning and inflammation of your vaginal tissue. These tissue changes can lead to vaginal dryness and burning, as well as pain during intercourse. Vaginal atrophy can also be an underlying cause of your urinary incontinence.
In addition to vaginal atrophy, Dr. Ott may suggest treatment with MonaLisa Touch if you experience chronic urinary tract infections or vaginal looseness.
You may find MonaLisa Touch intimidating due to the nature of the procedure, but the laser is well-tolerated by most women and treatment only takes five minutes. During the in-office procedure, Dr. Ott has you sit on the gynecological table with your feet in stirrups, similar to your pelvic exam. He then inserts the MonaLisa Touch laser probe and activates the energy to gently heat your vaginal tissue.
There’s no downtime needed after your MonaLisa Touch treatment. However, Dr. Ott may suggest you refrain from sexual intercourse for 2-3 days following treatment as your vaginal tissue heals. Dr. Ott provides specific instructions for activity modifications based on your personal needs.
To get the most benefits from your treatment with MonaLisa Touch, Dr. Ott recommends three sessions set at six-week intervals.
You should start to notice an improvement in your symptoms within the first 30 days of starting treatment, with continued improvements as you have more sessions. To maintain vaginal health following your sessions, Dr. Ott may suggest annual touch-up treatments.
To learn more about the benefits of MonaLisa Touch, call Premier Women’s Health Associates today.