A new laser treatment is now being performed at Lankenau Medical Center, part of Main Line Health, to reverse the effects of vaginal atrophy, a conditioned experienced by millions of post-menopausal women due to age and certain medical treatments. Darlene Gaynor, DO, Female Urology/Pelvic Medicine, is using a laser, called MonaLisa Touch®, to improve blood flow to the vaginal tissue and regenerate vaginal cells to stimulate collagen to improve dryness. Many women are also noticing relief of burning, as well as urinary urgency and frequency.
“The MonaLisa Touch is a game changer for women who suffer from vaginal atrophy due to menopause or for women who have a drop in estrogen levels because of breast cancer,” said Dr. Gaynor. “Symptoms like mood swings, weight gain and hot flashes have become synonymous with menopause. They aren’t painful. But others like burning, itching and redness can be. I am pleased to be able to offer this to patients here at Lankenau as a way to restore women’s sex lives and daily gynecologic health.”
The standard treatment for this condition has always been hormone replacement or estrogen creams, but those come with side effects. Recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the MonaLisa Touch laser procedure is performed in the physician’s office with no anesthesia. During the procedure, the laser, a vaginal probe, is inserted into the vagina and delivers a series of gentle laser energy pulses. These pulses are painless for most patients, though some women may experience mild discomfort as a result of vaginal dryness.
“The procedure takes five minutes to complete and women are advised to receive three treatments over the course of 18 weeks,” explained Dr. Gaynor. “The results vary woman to woman, but most notice their symptoms getting better after the first or second treatment. After the first year, women should return for a follow up treatment.”
To learn more about the MonaLisa Touch procedure, the community is welcome to attend a seminar presented by Dr. Gaynor, “Restoring Gynecologic Health: New Life-Changing Treatment for Post-Menopausal Women,” on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 6:00–7:00 pm at Lankenau Medical Center, Medical Office Building East, Suite 361, 100 East Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood, Pa. To register, or for more information about the treatment, call 610.649.6420.