From Dr. Theresa Stigen:
During annual gynecological exams, I often hear from my patients about vaginal health problems, and how they affect my patients’ quality of life. Itching, burning, dryness, painful urination, frequent urination, and painful intercourse are experienced by many postmenopausal women, as well as by premenopausal women in low estrogen states such as postpartum, breastfeeding, and breast cancer survivors.
Many times, these symptoms are embarrassing for a woman to talk about with other women, her husband, or even her doctor, but it is important to talk about them because there are effective treatments available. Today, I’d like to talk about one of the newest and most effective treatments for vaginal health, the hormone-free MonaLisa Touch.
Before the MonaLisa Touch, when patients came to me with vaginal health issues related to low estrogen, I felt like I had very few options to offer them:
Moisturizers and lubricants only worked with very mild vaginal symptoms;
Hormone replacement therapy (whether pill, cream, patch, and/or bioidentical versions of HRT) generally worked well for hot flashes, but not as well with vaginal symptoms;
Vaginal estrogen preparations (whether cream, pill, or ring) worked well in some cases, but they come with some potentially serious side effect risks, and they are contraindicated for many women with other health concerns (ex. history or risk for breast cancer, uterine cancer, or heart disease);
Even the newest estrogen-mimicking “angonist/antagonist” product on the market has shown to provide a similar benefit/risk profile as the actual estrogen-based treatments.
One of the most common things I would hear from patients in this situation was “I feel so bad for my husband!” Her intimate life was adversely impacted by vaginal symptoms, but the options available were either ineffective, or effective with risks for her own health. It was indeed a difficult situation to manage as a doctor, and my heart went out to my patients who suffered in this way.
That’s why I was very happy to learn about the MonaLisa Touch procedure as an alternative to the traditional estrogen or estrogen-like treatments currently available. So, how can a procedure possibly accomplish the same relief without raising estrogen levels or having estrogen-like actions in the body? The answer lies in the cutting edge technology of the MonaLisa Touch.