What is vaginal atrophy?
A women’s natural decline in oestrogen levels during menopause or sudden decline following surgery and some medical treatments, significantly affect the vaginal structure and function.
Vaginal atrophy, or vaginal ageing, affects up to 50% of menopausal and post-menopausal women.
The walls of the vagina become thinner and the natural elasticity and blood supply is reduced. The protective mucosa of the vagina can lose hydration and thickness, causing a loss of lubrication. The changes in the natural acid balance (pH) of the internal environment have detrimental effects on the function and health of the vagina. Vaginal rejuvenation is needed.
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What are the physical and emotional effects of vaginal atrophy?
The symptoms of vaginal atrophy may or may not occur simultaneously, and may be felt as:
- Vaginal dryness, itching and burning:
Thinning of the walls, loss of hydration and changes to the pH and internal environment can result in feelings of dryness or constant itching.
- Pain during sexual intercourse
The thinning of the mucosa and skin creates fragile tissue and loss of lubrication and the subsequent dryness can contribute to pain during sexual intercourse.
- Vaginal laxity, loss of elasticity or tone
Thinning of the walls and loss of volume in the tissue can lead to declines in the structural strength and feelings of vaginal laxity.
- Recurrent infections
Protective good bacteria depend on glycogen in the cells that shed from the surface of the vagina as a food source. The levels of good bacteria are also interrelated to the pH of the internal environment. As the vaginal tissue becomes thinner and sheds less cells, and the pH becomes less acidic, the levels of good bacteria can decrease and the risk of infections can rise.
- Urinary urgency and incontinence
Feelings of constantly needing to go to the toilet, or slight “leakage” when you cough or sneeze. The cause can be multi-factorial including loss of structural strength in the uro-genital symptoms, changes in blood supply, activation and strength of the pelvic floor muscles and neural (nervous symptoms) factors.
These symptoms, known collectively as vaginal atrophy, can have a negative impact on your general well-being, causing lifestyle alterations and in many cases placing a stress on intimate relationships.
Research has indicated that almost half of all women will suffer from the effects of vaginal atrophy during their lifetime, yet only 25% of these women have previously sought medical advice. Today, a simple and effective treatment is available to improve the tone, comfort and normal functioning of the female genital region.
Existing Treatment Options for Vaginal Rejuvenation.
The most common treatment for vaginal atrophy has required an ongoing application of hormone based (oestrogen) creams directly into the vagina. For a variety of reasons, some women are not able to use these creams, become uncomfortable with this process, or are irregular with the application and eventually discontinue use.
MonaLisa Touch™ Vaginal Rejuvenation
The MonaLisa Touch treatment for vaginal atrophy and urinary incontinence symptoms has been used successfully to treat many thousands of women worldwide.
The inspiration for this significant advancement in vaginal health has come from dermatological treatments used for wrinkle reductions and skin texture improvements.
The MonaLisa Touch is simple yet highly effective laser treatment that works by stimulating your body’s natural regeneration processes. MonaLisa Touch is a non-hormonal, pain-free and long lasting procedure offering a welcome alternative to hormone-based creams. The procedure takes less than 15 minutes, requires no anaesthesia and women can return to normal daily activities immediately following treatment.
How does MonaLisa Touch™ Vaginal Rejuvenation work?
The MonaLisa Touch procedure uses a fractionated CO2 laser to stimulate the body’s own regenerative processes, creating more hydrated and healthy cells, and improving the circulation and nutrient supply to the vaginal mucosa. This has a direct effect on the integrity and elasticity of the vaginal wall and returns the internal vaginal environment to more normal levels.
In as a little as 30 days after treatment, the regeneration of new tissue in the vaginal wall builds a naturally stronger structure and the protective mucosal lining recovers volume, hydration and elasticity. The following images show a cross section of vaginal mucosa (at the same magnification) prior to treatment (A) and then 2 months after a single treatment (B).
The following charts show the percentage reduction in the main symptoms of vaginal atrophy and urinary symptoms that can be expected after 3 treatment sessions with the MonaLisa Touch.
Key Benefits of MonaLisa Touch™ Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment
- Quick treatment, approximately 15 minutes per session
- No anaesthetic required
- Low risk with minimal side effects
- Fast and long-lasting improvement in symptoms for the majority of women
- No downtime
- Suitable for almost all women, including patient groups who may be unsuitable for hormone replacement therapy e.g. breast cancer patients
Many women feel an improvement after the first treatment. Optimal benefits are achieved in 3 treatment sessions over 2 months.
The improvements obtained with the MonaLisa Touch procedure last significant longer than other treatment options. As the natural ageing process continues, the treatment can be repeated to extend the beneficial results. Following the initial course of 3 treatments, a repeat single treatment annually can be appropriate for many women.
The MonaLisa Touch procedure will be performed by Dr. Boxley in our clinic in Fremantle, and can be arranged at a time to suit you, including on Saturdays.
Your initial consultation will be $140 (medicare rebate applies if eligible). Each MonaLisa Touch treatment session costs $650, with a package of 3 treatments costing $1800. At the current time, this treatment is not covered by Medicare or private health fund providers.
**Oncology patients receive a 10% discount on the cost of the treatment.
You can pay for your treatment with cash, EFTPOS, Visa, Mastercard, American Express (merchant fees apply) or zipPay.