MonaLisa Touch

MonaLisa Touch

by Dr. Enrique Infante

Vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. They are problems women don’t often talk about. But, now is the time to bring the discussion out in the open.

The symptoms of vaginal dryness and irritation often come with menopause or following breast cancer therapy and are caused by a lack of the hormone estrogen. An estrogen deficiency can lead to painful intercourse, an increased number of urinary tract infections (UTIs), and itching, rawness, and discomfort with daily activities such as walking or exercising. In some women, it can cause lichen sclerosus, which brings intense itching, discomfort and pain, tearing and bleeding, and in severe cases blistering and ulcerated sores.

For many women, the most common treatment is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and steroids for lichen sclerosus. For others, treatment may be topical creams or ointments applied to the affected area. However, women who have had breast cancer are often not candidates for hormonal therapy, and some women who have tried topical therapies find little to no relief.

Now, the doctors at South Bend Clinic are offering an alternative treatment that has been demonstrated as successful through years of excellent clinical data. MonaLisa Touch is a minimally invasive office procedure that has been achieving positive outcomes, including resumption of sexual activity, fewer UTIs, and less dryness and pain of both the vagina and the vulva.

MonaLisa Touch restores vaginal health by delivering a gentle laser to the vaginal wall tissue and vulva, which generates new collagen, elastin and vascularization. Three treatments of about five to 10 minutes each are performed in an office setting. The treatments require no general anesthesia, little downtown and offer minimal discomfort or side effects.

Thousands of women have been treated successfully with MonaLisa Touch since 2012. Now, our doctors at South Bend Clinic are able to offer this therapy.

If you’re peri- or post-menopausal or a breast cancer survivor who is suffering from dryness, UTIs or painful intercourse, or has been diagnosed with lichen sclerosus, it’s time to talk about it. Contact our Eddy Street office at 574-237-9261 or our Granger office at 574-243-2221 to talk to one of our physicians about whether this therapy is right for you.

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