An Overview of MonaLisa Touch Vaginal Laser Treatment in Ovarian Cancer Survivors
Ovarian cancer is a rare form of cancer that affects fewer than 200,000 American women each year. Ovarian cancer starts in the ovaries and may spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body in certain women. Since the health condition can be fatal, it is extremely important treatment begins as quickly as possible in order to achieve a better chance for a full recovery. After treatment, many ovarian cancer survivors experience vaginal atrophy from decreased estrogen levels that leads to vaginal dryness, burning and itching. Mona Lisa Partners can help survivors in the Dallas, Plano and Frisco, Texas area achieve healthy vaginal tissue with the MonaLisa Touch™ vaginal laser treatment.
What to Know About Ovarian Cancer
The ovaries are an important part of the female reproductive system. They are responsible for producing female hormones, such as estrogen, and eggs. When the cells within the ovary begin to grow out of control, a woman may be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Many tumors found in the ovaries are benign, or non-cancerous, and never spread beyond the affected ovary, but in certain women a malignant (cancerous) tumor may be present. Malignant tumors have the ability to spread to other parts of the body. This can lead to a potentially fatal condition if not diagnosed and treated immediately.
After diagnostic testing confirms the presence of ovarian cancer, a treatment plan will be prescribed. The main treatments include surgery to remove the affected ovary, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, radiation therapy and targeted therapy.
Vaginal Atrophy in Ovarian Cancer Survivors
Ovarian cancer survivors include young women, post-menopausal women and women in their childbearing years. Following treatment, certain women may experience some degree of vaginal atrophy, which includes vaginal dryness, itching, burning and discomfort during and after sexual intercourse. These symptoms are caused by a decrease in normal estrogen levels. Estrogen is responsible for helping maintain thick and elastic vaginal tissue. When estrogen levels decrease from the ovarian cancer treatment and/or the medications that help prevent the disease from returning, the vaginal tissue often becomes thinner and drier.
Doctors may prescribe vaginal lubricants and moisturizers to ovarian cancer survivors, but the treatments may become ineffective. If this occurs, there is a vaginal laser treatment available to women designed to restore healthy vaginal tissue and ease vaginal atrophy symptoms – MonaLisa Touch.
MonaLisa Touch™ Vaginal Laser Treatment
The MonaLisa Touch vaginal laser treatment is a virtually painless, non-invasive treatment designed to help women suffering from painful and troublesome changes in vaginal health after ovarian cancer treatment.
MonaLisa Touch utilizes a leading-edge laser system that delivers controlled CO2 energy to the unhealthy 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 vaginal atrophy symptoms, such as dryness, itching and burning.
If you are an ovarian cancer survivor living in the Dallas, Plano and Frisco, Texas communities suffering from vaginal atrophy, contact the physicians at Mona Lisa Partners for more details on the MonaLisa Touch™ vaginal laser treatment.