I'm 54, sex is very painful. I've read about the Mona Lisa Laser. Any suggestions?
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Painful sex is a symptom, not a diagnosis and requires expert evaluation
Thank you for your question.I would recommend you first consult with your gynecologist about the pain you are experiencing during intercourse. If it is due to vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy then the MonaLisa Touch would be a good option for you. The MonaLisa Touch is a minimally invasive laser treatment for vaginal rejuvenation and can be performed in the office without the need for anesthesia. The laser stimulates the production of collagen restoring the proper trophic balance to the mucous membrane and thickening the vaginal walls. In doing so this can improve vaginal moisture and reduce friction during sexual intercourse. I hope this helps!
Good luck in your endeavors!
James Fernau, MD, FACS
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The MonaLisa Touch vaginal laser works by thickening the vaginal walls and improving moisture. If that is the reason you are experiencing pain then it will likely help. Pain with sex can also be caused by other problems such as vaginal muscle spasm or pelvic organ prolapse for example. Get an evaluation first, but then if your doctor tells you that they believe your problem is vaginal atrophy then consider the MonaLisa Touch vaginal laser.
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Laser vaginal rejuvenation or similar procedures are appropriate for painful sex, dyspareunia, related to vaginal atrophy or thinning of the vaginal tissues. Careful examination is imperative to ensure proper diagnosis.
It's always good to ask the question!
It is very important to find out why you are having painful sex. Don't feel alone. After menopause, when estrogen levels decline, many women experience changes that can really affect their quality of life. The MonaLisa Touch delivers gentle laser energy to the vaginal wall tissue that stimulates a healing response by generating new collagen, elastin and vascularization. I would highly recommend that you visit your doctor and start the conversation and see if you are a good candidate for MonaLisa Touch. You might be on the road to enjoying sex again.
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Get a proper evaluation
If you have pain with initial penetration then any laser is likely not going to help you. Laser ablation of the vagina will improve vaginal dryness, but you don't seem to be describing this. You need a proper evaluation.
Best of luck,
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