An Overview of the MonaLisa Procedure in Breast Cancer Survivors
Breast cancer survivors living in the Dallas, Plano and Frisco, Texas communities who have had cancer treatment may find they develop menopausal symptoms even if they have not gone through the big change. Common symptoms may include hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and vaginal itching. All of these symptoms are caused by a decline in the body’s estrogen level. Vaginal atrophy symptoms – dryness, itching and burning – cause many cancer survivors to no longer desire sexual intercourse with their partners because of the discomfort level. Survivors of breast cancer now have a vaginal atrophy treatment available to them, the MonaLisa Touch™. The MonaLisa procedure, available at Mona Lisa Partners, has successfully treated thousands of pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women since 2008.
Vaginal Atrophy in Breast Cancer Survivors
Many breast cancer survivors develop vaginal atrophy symptoms even if they have not yet gone through menopause. Today’s increased use of medications after surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy help reduce the risk of cancer recurring, but the medications may lead to increased side effects. Certain medications utilized as adjuvant treatments cause cancer survivors to experience vaginal dryness, itching and burning. Unlike other symptoms associated with menopause, vaginal atrophy often persists and gets worse over time if left untreated.
Vaginal atrophy symptoms in breast cancer survivors are caused by an estrogen deficiency, typically depleted by cancer treatments. The vagina requires an adequate amount of estrogen to maintain healthy tissue that keeps the walls elastic and thick. When estrogen begins to decrease, the vaginal tissue becomes thinner, drier and less elastic, causing vaginal dryness, burning, itching, inflammation and light bleeding.
Breast cancer survivors no longer have to suffer from these vaginal atrophy symptoms. The MonaLisa procedure is a safe, effective and non-invasive treatment designed to restore the health of vaginal tissue.
What is the MonaLisa Procedure?
Thanks to the MonaLisa procedure breast cancer survivors no longer have to depend on at-home treatments, such as vaginal lubricants and moisturizers, to find relief from painful symptoms.
The MonaLisa procedure is a virtually painless, non-invasive vaginal treatment designed to help women suffering from painful and troublesome changes in vaginal health after cancer treatment.
The MonaLisa procedure utilizes a leading-edge laser system that delivers controlled CO2 energy to the vaginal tissue. The energy revitalizes the vaginal tissue cells and helps jump-start collagen production. The cells turn over and healthier, more supple, moisture filled cells help alleviate painful symptoms, such as dryness, itching and burning.
If you are a breast cancer survivor suffering from painful vaginal atrophy symptoms, please contact the Dallas, Plano and Frisco, Texas area office of Mona Lisa Partners. Our board certified OBGYNs specialize in female health and the use of the MonaLisa procedure.