Falling hormone levels due to age (menopause), surgery, chemotherapy or breast-feeding may lead to a deterioration in the thickness and resilience of vaginal and surrounding tissues as well as necessary moisture production. This may cause feelings of itchiness, dryness or burning as well as pain during intercourse. Some may also find it makes them prone to urinary incontinence, recurrent infections, or a degree of prolapse, although other factors may also influence these symptoms.
Some women are able to take hormone treatments to improve these problems, however, some will be unable or unwilling to do so because of other medical or genetic concerns. For those using topical hormone creams, this should be ceased 3 days before laser treatment, if possible.
The MonaLisa Touch™ treatment uses small points of laser energy to stimulate the lining of the vagina to produce more cells to make supportive tissue as well as greater degrees of lubrication. Most women will notice improvement in susceptible symptoms after one treatment, however most will require 3 treatments for long-term improvement. The majority of women will subsequently benefit from a yearly top-up treatment.
The treatment usually takes 5-10 minutes. Most women describe the sensation as a mild vibration.
Some women will also benefit from some treatment to the tissues outside of the vagina. As this tissue is more sensitive, some anaesthetic cream would be applied prior to the treatment in these cases.
After the treatment, most women will feel a little “different” down below, similar to after a Pap smear, with perhaps some additional warmth. Those with very thin, fragile tissues may notice some spotting but this is usually just with the first treatment as the tissues become more resilient after the treatment.
Prior to treatment, a normal Pap smear must have been performed within the last 6 months. Routine gynaecological care will be resumed following treatment through your GP or gynaecologist.