What to Do When Pain During Sex Becomes a Chronic Problem

Countless women living in the Plano, Frisco and Dallas, Texas communities experience pain during sex throughout the stages of menopause. Dwindling estrogen levels is the most common reason for painful intercourse at midlife and beyond, caused by the vaginal tissue becoming dry and thin from hormone changes. Women in the Greater Dallas area now have a non-surgical, long-term pain during sex treatment option available to them at Mona Lisa Partners, the MonaLisa Touch™ vaginal laser treatment.

What Causes Pain During Sex?

Did you know pain during sex is an extremely common problem in menopausal and postmenopausal women? It is true! It is reported up to 45% of postmenopausal women find sex painful. During and after menopause, painful intercourse is most often caused by estrogen changes and the worry and fear of pain in both partners.

Hormone changes within the body can significantly affect vaginal tissue, impacting its ability to remain lubricated. Without proper lubrication, the vagina becomes thin, dry and inflamed, a condition often referred to as vaginal atrophy. Another result of lower estrogen levels is the vagina’s inability to expand and contract, as well as grow healthy new cells for optimal health. The result of these unwanted changes is soreness, pain during sex, pain after sex and bleeding or spotting.

It is believed by medical professionals that the more sexual intercourse a woman has, the less likely it is she will develop vaginal atrophy. This is because intercourse increases blood flow to the vaginal tissue and helps the tissue remain healthy. But what happens when painful intercourse occurs and both partners begin to lose sexual desire? The vaginal atrophy symptoms typically worsen, causing many women to search for an effective treatment.

Pain During Sex Treatment with MonaLisa Touch™

Over the years, pain during sex was typically treated with lubricants, vaginal moisturizers and hormonal treatments. The downside to these treatments is remembering to use them daily or in the heat of the moment.

There is now an innovative vaginal laser treatment known as MonaLisa Touch, which is designed to treat vaginal dryness and pain during sex. MonaLisa Touch has been successfully treating women since 2008 that are experiencing vaginal atrophy. MonaLisa Touch is the ideal vaginal laser treatment for patients who are looking for a less invasive procedure compared to traditional surgical or pharmaceutical treatments. This painless in-office procedure uses a CO2 laser to help rejuvenate the vaginal cells in order to increase collagen production and restore vaginal health. Many women report immediate results following the first pain during treatment, but three treatments each spaced 6 weeks apart is recommended.

For additional information on pain during sex treatments, or to determine if you are a candidate for vaginal laser treatment with MonaLisa Touch™, please contact the Plano, Frisco and Dallas, Texas area office of Mona Lisa Partners.