Overcoming Vulvar Vaginal Atrophy
Vaginal health is a keystone of femaleness. Vaginal dysfunction, manifested in vaginal discomforts (vaginal dryness, vaginal itch, vaginal soreness, vulvar itch, vulvar pain, vestibular pain), sexual discomfort (dyspareunia, pain during and after sexual intercourse, loss of sex drive) and urinary discomforts (urinary urgency, urinary frequency, urethral pain) occurs in most women at some point in life. Vulvar vaginal atrophy is generally treated by hormonal replacement therapy. The introduction of MonaLisa Touch
® by DEKA has ushered in a new era of managing atrophic vaginitis, where CO2 laser is deployed in a fractional pulsatile array (DEKA pulse).
Are You Suffering From Vaginal Dysfunction?
Majority of women suffer from conditions when the vagina gradually loses its function and integrity. These conditions include the months following your giving birth, especially when you breastfed your child, when you receive anti-estrogen treatment, after you have undergone major vaginal surgery, and when you approach the menopause. As vaginal function deteriorates, you will experience vulvar itch, vulvar irritation, vulvar burning, vaginal dryness, vaginal soreness, and pain during and after intercourse, weak control of urine, urethral symptoms, recurrent vaginal infections and recurrent urinary infections.
These urogenital symptoms are often ignored and neglected. Surveys have confirmed that women, regardless of race and status, are uncomfortable discussing vulvar and vaginal discomforts. Often they are embarrassed by their occurrence. Consequently women suffered in silence, and endured substantial loss of both quality of life and sexual freedom.
Vaginal discomforts arise largely from reduced estrogen effect on the skin, soft tissue and muscles that support the vaginal canal. This condition, culminating in atrophic vaginitis, represents a general lack of nourishment and hydration of the cells forming the vaginal skin (mucosa). As it worsens, the vulvar and vaginal skin becomes thinner, more delicate, more sensitive and more easily traumatized.
Women generally ignore the sufferings ascribed to vulvar vaginal atrophy. They accepted them as part of ageing; as had preceding generations of women who had similarly stomached them. Many doctors likewise counselled them to accommodate the inevitable changes of advancing age. Even though pharmacological treatment is available, the unwillingness to apply, and the fear to use proven hormonal replacement therapy become stumbling blocks to better health.
Pain during intercourse and persistent vulvar and vaginal soreness after sex are experienced in women suffering from vaginal dysfunction. Women become anxious and depressed as these copulatory difficulties continue, eroding their self-confidence and denting their sense of wellness. Their partners’ understanding is helpful, nevertheless, the protracted lack of sexual communication undermines many relationships.
Lower urinary tract symptoms affects a good number of adult women. Urgency of urine, having to pee many times a day, feeling sting or pain at peeing, and constant indistinct soreness at the pee hole are distressing complaints encountered. Together with the involuntary leakage of urine (or urinary incontinence), these women struggle to control the inconveniences on a regular basis, and to contain the embarrassment.
Clinical studies in various centers around the world have attested to the efficacy of using laser therapy in the management of vaginal dysfunction. MonaLisa Touch is the revolutionary intra-vaginal fractional CO2 laser treatment – a painless, minimally invasive and effective approach to resolve vulvar-vaginal atrophy and its associated conditions.
Treatment With Vaginal Laser
MonaLisa Touch® – the all new Vaginal Rejuvenation Program. Using proprietary fractional CO2 laser, MonaLisa Touch® was conceived to counter-act the ravage of low estrogen in the vulva and vaginal wall. MonaLisa Touch® is currently one of most effective non-surgical and non-pharmacological solution for preventing and treating vaginal dysfunctions.
How fractional laser works
The CO2 laser gently acts on the vaginal wall through a special scanning probe. By panning 360 degree of the vagina, the laser treatment produces indistinguishable micro-lesions that are critical in triggering the formation of new collagen and cellular matrix. By augmenting the vaginal skin, the laser treatment improves blood flow into the vaginal complex, thereby restoring adequate nutrient and hormone circulation. The initiate surge of neo-collagenesis reactivates interstitial inter-cellular processes and re-establishes proper urogenital function. Vaginal tissue regeneration process was shown to continue for weeks after the index laser treatment, and the functional restoration persists for months.
After laser treatment, the histological examination detected increased epithelial thickness and better nourished cells. Clinically the vaginal tone improved and become more elastic. The vaginal pH normalizes with return of the natural barrier protection against common infection.
In summary, MonaLisa Touch®, a simple laser treatment lasting a few minutes, which is essentially pain-free and has no down-time, can return the vaginal tissue to the tone and elasticity it once had, resulting in significant enhancement in quality of life and personal relationships.