Menopause is the natural process of ceasing the ability to reproduce. Menopause begins just before your menstrual cycle stops, and once you’ve gone a full 12 months with no period, you have fully entered your menopause/postmenopause years. In addition to the absence of your monthly cycle, you’ll also experience some unpleasant symptoms as you enter menopause.
The cause of your symptoms can be blamed on your diminishing hormone production. Your periods begin to taper off, become irregular, heavier, or in some cases, much lighter, as your hormone production shifts. Approximately three to five years prior to your final menstrual cycle, estrogen levels begin to drop, bringing many noticeable and disruptive symptoms, which may last for the next several years.
How menopause disrupts your life
The symptoms of menopause can impact your life in many different ways. As if the hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, anxiety, and depression aren’t enough, this new chapter in your life can significantly affect your intimate relationship with your partner.
Along with disrupting your sex life, some of the symptoms can cause extreme physical discomfort on a regular basis. The diminished production of estrogen and progesterone that facilitates menopause is responsible for a condition known as vaginal atrophy. This condition can cause:
Vaginal dryness: The decrease in estrogen causes a reduced response to sexual stimulation. This can result in lack of lubrication of the vaginal tissue, causing painful intercourse, inflammation, and even abrasion. You may also notice vaginal dryness causes burning, itching, and soreness of your vagina, which can lead to bacterial, or yeast, infections.
Low libido: Because of a decrease in blood flow to the vagina, you may experience a thinning of the vaginal tissues, which can lead to the absence of feeling and sensitivity. This can lead to difficulty in achieving orgasm and may impact your libido in negative ways.
Painful intercourse: The thinning vaginal tissue, dryness, and laxity of your vagina can make intercourse difficult and painful.
Urinary incontinence: The vaginal laxity caused by the absence of estrogen, and simply getting older, disrupts the strength of the pelvic floor, making it difficult to control your urinary continence. The thinning of the tissue in your urinary tract, specifically the urethra, can allow bacteria to enter the urinary tract, resulting in chronic urinary tract infections.
MonaLisa Touch can restore what you’ve lost.
MonaLisa Touch is the innovative treatment that can provide relief for these oh-so-difficult symptoms of menopause. Using laser technology, the MonaLisa Touch process gently warms the tissue of your vagina, both on the surface, and penetrating deep within, to restore vitality and revitalize your vaginal tissue.
At The Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia, we recognize your need to reclaim your life. The disruption to intimacy, as well as other issues which result from vaginal atrophy, don’t have to be endured any longer.
How the procedure relieves vaginal atrophy
MonaLisa Touch is a five-minute procedure, performed in-office by Dr. Melissa Delgado. Depending on the degree of vaginal atrophy you’ve experienced, along with the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Delgado will recommend one to three pain-free treatments over the course of a few months.
The nonsurgical MonaLisa Touch procedure brings about noticeable and positive changes to your vaginal tissue in just a few days. Over the course of the next month, the production of collagen increases as your body’s natural response to this exciting treatment. This provides a suppleness and elasticity to your vaginal tissue, restoring both lubrication and fullness to the previously thin walls of your vagina.
You’ll need to wait about five days before engaging in sexual activity, as well as any vigorous physical activity, such as running. Also, you’ll need to avoid hot baths for the same period as your revitalized tissue fully heals. However, you can return to your normal routine immediately after your MonaLisa Touch treatment. You can maintain your results by scheduling yearly follow-up treatments.
Don’t wait another day.
If you’re tired of the impact menopause and vaginal atrophy has had on the most intimate aspects of your life, contact The Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia, located in Annandale, Virginia. With care and compassion, our understanding team will answer any questions you may have and schedule an appointment for you to further discuss this procedure with Dr. Delgado and NP Wendy Roberts. Reclaim your life today with MonaLisa Touch.