Because of pregnancy and menopause — and everything in between — the strain on your body and hormonal fluctuations can cause issues. If you’re experiencing vaginal atrophy, pain during intercourse, or other similar issues, you may benefit from MonaLisa Touch® treatments. Expert OB/GYNs Shawn Osterholt, MD, FACOG, and Curtis Orr, MD, FACOG offer minimally-invasive MonaLisa Touch sessions right in the office at OB/GYN LTD. in Springfield, Ohio. Schedule your appointment online or over the phone.
Vaginal atrophy is a condition that causes thinning and inflammation throughout your vaginal walls. Usually, this stems from a decrease in estrogen after menopause, although some women experience it after pregnancy or because of certain health conditions. Vaginal atrophy often leads to:
While about half of all women experience vaginal atrophy after menopause, few get treatment for their symptoms. With advancements in laser technology, such as MonaLisa Touch, you can resolve many vaginal atrophy issues without going through surgery.
Not at all. Since the treatment involves laser energy, though, it’s normal to feel a warming or tingling sensation.
While this isn’t known to cause pain, it can feel a little uncomfortable or abnormal if it’s your first treatment. Once you get used to the sensation, you most likely won’t notice it in the future.
Menopause affects all women. However, most women are reluctant to talk about the common symptoms like vaginal dryness, itching, and urinary incontinence that can severely affect their quality of life and intimate relationships. These seldom talked about symptoms can profoundly impact their daily lives and intimate relationships. In fact, studies show that only 25% of women seek help from their doctor, believing its simply part of the aging process.
Dr. Osterholt and Dr. Orr, of OB/GYN, LTD. have seen first-hand how common of an issue this is for women.
“We hear about this all the time from women who are patients at our practice. Unfortunately, until now, there have been very few non-pharmacological or non-surgical options that could address these common problems including vaginal atrophy, laxity and urinary incontinence”.
Luckily this is about to change thanks to a breakthrough in medical technology. An in-office procedure called Mona Lisa Touch, is the newest and most successful device on the market for restoring vaginal health and treating mild urinary incontinence. OB/GYN, LTD. is one of the first practices in Ohio to offer the Mona Lisa Touch.
“We heard about Mona Lisa Touch in the medical community, and after researching it, we knew it was something we wanted to be able to offer our patients,” said Dr. Orr.
Mona Lisa Touch is a non-surgical therapy for vaginal atrophy and urinary incontinence offering more than a 90% improvement in symptoms and quality of life for women. The device stimulates new collagen production in the vaginal wall which naturally increases blood flow and lubrication and helps improve the natural function of the vagina. Studies have shown that beneficial stimulation of the vaginal tissues, due to the energy in the device, restores the functionality of urogenital structures.
“Because no anesthesia is required and it’s done in the comfort of our office, there is no down time and virtually no pain or side effects, Dr. Osterholt explains. “Patients notice improvement after the first treatment. Many have also shared additional benefits including an improvement in urinary stress incontinence, urgency and well as chronic vaginal infections.”
Patients undergo a series of three treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Although the treatment is not covered by insurance, Dr. Osterholt noted that most insurances do not pay for current pharmaceutical treatments either. However, he noted that the procedure is comparably priced to the out-of-pocket cost of one year of hormone therapy.