Here at OB/GYN Associates of Alabama, we always strive to offer the latest and greatest healthcare options to our patients. We want to ensure that the women in our care have access to safe and effective solutions to their concerns, including the painful symptoms of vaginal atrophy and menopause.
MonaLisa Touch ® is a vaginal rejuvenation procedure that uses laser energy to improve bladder function, vaginal lubrication, and a number of other uncomfortable issues related to vaginal atrophy and laxity. This cutting-edge treatment is highly effective, requires little to no downtime, and has the potential to give you back your comfort, pleasure, and confidence.
Don’t just take our word for it. We talked to one of Dr. Goolsby’s patients, Lisa T., and asked her to share her own experience with MonaLisa Touch ®. If you’ve been considering vaginal rejuvenation for yourself, read on to learn more about this innovative procedure.
What is MonaLisa Touch ®?
Before we hear from Lisa, let’s start with the basics. MonaLisa Touch ® is a hormone-free, medication-free solution to a range of uncomfortable vaginal conditions. Using a small wand, this therapy delivers a type of energy called fractional CO2 to your vaginal tissue. During the treatment, your provider inserts the CO2 wand into your vagina, where it sends gentle laser energy into the soft tissues for about 5 minutes.
This laser energy stimulates collagen and elastin production as well as the formation of new blood vessels. These self-repair functions help regenerate strength, elasticity, and moisture in your vaginal tissues.
What Conditions Does MonaLisa Touch ® Treat?
MonaLisa Touch ® can help relieve many painful issues related to vaginal atrophy, which is a term for when vaginal tissue becomes drier and thinner after menopause. The most common conditions MonaLisa Touch ® can treat include:
- Painful penetration and intercourse
- Vaginal dryness and itching
- Loose vaginal tissue (vaginal laxity), especially after childbirth
- Urinary incontinence
- Frequent urinary tract infections
Dr. Goolsby’s patient Lisa T. underwent treatment for several of these symptoms.
“I decided to do the procedure after experiencing painful sex, extreme vaginal dryness and itching, and frequent urination during the night.”
But it wasn’t only menopause that inspired her choice.
“I wasn’t sure if this would be beneficial for me,” Lisa says, “then my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer about six months after Dr. Goolsby discussed the procedure with me. Taking care of him became the priority,” and of course, “our sex life changed.”
After focusing on helping her husband recover, Lisa says she “was still suffering from dryness, itching, urinary frequency (especially at night) and painful penetration.” These uncomfortable symptoms, “along with my husband’s post–radical prostatectomy issues, were making sex almost impossible.”
Is MonaLisa Touch ® Right for Me?
The first step to finding out if this treatment is right for you is having an open and honest conversation with your provider.
“I heard about MonaLisa Touch from my doctor, Rupa Goolsby, during my annual visit 2 years ago,” Lisa says. Though she decided to try a few numbing and anti-itch creams for a while, her symptoms were not improving.
“Dr. Goolsby brought up the procedure again. We discussed it thoroughly, and even though our sex life had changed due to my husband’s surgery, she still thought it would be beneficial for me. I agreed and had my first session that day!”
Being honest about painful or uncomfortable symptoms during your annual visits is important! We are here to help you find relief—and there is nothing to be ashamed of. Lisa is thankful that her provider was also open with her.
“Thank you, Dr. Goolsby, for discussing it with me and being so honest about your own menopause experience!”
How Long Does MonaLisa Touch ® Take to Work?
Most women receive three treatments spaced about six weeks apart. Each session stimulates the body’s healing response, resulting in steady improvement over the course of treatment. In Lisa’s case, she started to notice results after the very first session.
“Following the first treatment, I noticed a slight improvement with dryness and itching. Following the second treatment, I was like, ‘This is the BEST thing I have ever done for myself!’ I no longer have to get up multiple times during the night to urinate, I no longer have dryness and itching issues. Following the third treatment, things have only gotten better! I regret not doing this 2 years ago, but better late than never.”
Is MonaLisa Touch ® Worth It?
If you have problems related to vaginal atrophy, you may find relief from vaginal moisturizers, lubricants, or oral estrogen supplements. But these products can be messy and inconvenient, and many women prefer not to take or use estrogen. MonaLisa Touch ® offers a long-lasting, low-risk alternative.
“I would tell other women, get it done!” Lisa says. “We may have gone through menopause but there is no reason to continually feel dry, cracked, itchy, or get up multiple times to urinate anymore. It’s the best gift I have ever given myself.”
A New Frontier in Vaginal Rejuvenation
We are always thrilled to hear when a patient has a positive experience and is able to find relief from painful conditions. Experiences like Lisa’s are part of why we stand by the MonaLisa Touch ® procedure as a safe and effective way to boost healthy tissue growth in women of all ages. If you think MonaLisa Touch ® could be right for you, call the compassionate providers at OB/GYN Associates of Alabama today to start a conversation!
Vaginal Rejuvenation with MonaLisa Touch® in Birmingham, Alabama
The experienced physicians at OB/GYN Associates of Alabama are proud to provide comprehensive care to women throughout the Birmingham area. With three convenient locations in downtown Birmingham, Hoover, and Gardendale, we are here to listen! To find out more about how our state-of-the-art facilities and compassionate care can help you, request an appointment today!