An Overview of Atrophic Vaginitis Treatment
It is reported up to 40% of postmenopausal women have some symptoms of atrophic vaginitis, also known as vaginal atrophy. Since the common health condition is triggered by a decrease in estrogen levels, premenopausal women may also experience the painful symptoms if they have a certain medical condition or are undergoing a specific medical treatment. Good examples of this include breast cancer patients in active treatment or post treatment as well as women who had surgical removal of the ovaries. Atrophic vaginitis causes women to experience vaginal dryness, itching and burning, as well as painful intercourse. While many women in the Dallas area ignore the painful symptoms, there is no reason to any longer since Mona Lisa Partners offers MonaLisa Touch™ as an atrophic vaginitis treatment. The Mona Lisa procedure is designed to return vaginal health without a surgical procedure or daily medications in Plano, Frisco and Dallas, Texas area women.
What is Atrophic Vaginitis?
Atrophic vaginitis is defined as the thinning of the vaginal walls caused by diminishing estrogen levels. Because it commonly occurs after menopause, many individuals refer to the condition as postmenopausal vaginal atrophy. It is important to note that certain women will begin to experience some symptoms leading up to menopause.
Symptoms of atrophic vaginitis include:
- Vaginal dryness
- Vaginal burning
- Vaginal itching
- Thinning of the vaginal walls
- Shortening and tightening of the vaginal canal
- Pain during and after intercourse
- Spotting or bleeding after intercourse
Without proper estrogen levels, the vaginal tissue becomes thin and dry. With the tissue thinner and drier, it is less elastic, more fragile and more easily injured.
Even though atrophic vaginitis is so common, only 20-25% of women seek medical attention for the condition. Many women delay treatment because they are embarrassed to discuss the intimate issue with a physician. It is important all women understand the importance of seeing a physician when sex becomes painful, as well as if unusual vaginal changes begin to take place.
The Mona Lisa Procedure as an Atrophic Vaginitis Treatment
With proper treatment, it is possible for women to improve their vaginal health. Treatment options often focus on symptoms or the underlying cause of discomfort.
An atrophic vaginitis treatment option gaining popularity is MonaLisa Touch™. The Mona Lisa procedure delivers controlled CO2 energy into the vaginal tissue, which jump-starts new collagen production. As new collagen regenerates, it helps thicken the vaginal tissue.
In a short time (protocol is 3 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart), many women report increased vaginal health, increased moisture level and increased structural support and laxity. The treatment is virtually painless and requires no anesthesia. The majority of patients report each Mona Lisa procedure is similar to getting a Pap smear with a mild vibration in the vaginal canal.
If you live in the Plano, Frisco and Dallas, Texas communities and would like additional information on the Mona Lisa procedure as an atrophic vaginitis treatment, please contact the office of Mona Lisa Partners today.