Genito-urinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM) is a chronic, and progressive disorder of the vagina, vulva, and bladder which occurs in at least 60% of menopausal women and is due to decreased estradiol levels. This decrease in estradiol leads to vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, vulvar dryness, and increased susceptibility for infection in both the vagina and bladder.
There are various treatments for GSM. There are over the counter vaginal moisturizers to alleviate dryness as well as vaginal lubricants to reduce friction and trauma during intercourse. Low dose vaginal estrogen creams and inserts are some of the most effective ways to reduce the dryness.
Some women either can’t or choose not to use estrogen for their vaginal dryness. Another option is the Mona Lisa Touch (MLT), which uses a fractional CO2 laser specially designed to treat vaginal tissue. The tiny streams of laser energy create pinpoint areas of treatment that restore vaginal health while surrounding healthy skin promotes accelerated healing. The MLT increases blood flow and production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. This helps the vaginal tissues regain their healthy tone and texture, giving you relief from the symptoms of vaginal atrophy.
The MLT session takes only five minutes and is painless. Most women need at least 3 treatments, usually 4-6 weeks apart. You should avoid sexual activity for 4 days but can resume all other normal daily activities.
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