Hot flushes, mood swings and a loss of libido – these are all commonly discussed menopausal symptoms. Less talked about are symptoms experienced in the vagina: dryness, itching and burning, pain during sex and general laxity. Many women try to ignore this discomfort, either through embarrassment, or because they imagine it is an inevitable – and untreatable – stage of the ageing process.
What is ‘vaginal atrophy’?
During the reproductive years, the ovaries produce the female hormone oestrogen; among its many purposes, oestrogen plays a vital role in maintaining the health and lubrication of the vaginal tissues. When women are peri-menopausal, their oestrogen levels drop significantly, creating a condition in the vulvo-vaginal tract called vaginal atrophy. It is common to many – but certainly not all – women who are postmenopausal, or are going through the menopause. It can happen at other times when the oestrogen levels are affected, such as postpartum, when taking the contraceptive pill, or as a result of cancer treatment.
How can a laser rejuvenate the vagina?
Female gynaecologist Miss Amanda Tozer is pleased to be able to offer an innovative new non-pharmacological therapy to peri-menopausal patients at her London clinic: the MonaLisa Touch. During a consultation, Miss Tozer will conduct a pelvic examination and talk you through the procedure, explaining how and why it is effective. Performed in just three minutes on three separate occasions, the therapy works by inserting a laser in the vagina and directing it at the mucosa of the vaginal walls. By stimulating the tissues and regenerating collagen, pre-menopausal metabolic activity is restored; the mucosa becomes hydrated once more, restoring a trophic supply and rejuvenating the tissues and their functions. A safe, painless and fast procedure with no anaesthetic, painkillers or downtime required, the MonaLisa Touch has delivered significant improvements to vaginal discomfort for many London women.