Can Femilift be Performed While Menstruating?

Is is possible to perform this treatment while menstruating?

Doctor Answers 7

You wouldn't want to have FemiLift during your menses

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CO2 lasers like FemiLift or MonaLisa work best when the vagina is clear of secretions. They can be cleared just before the procedure, but if you are actively menstruating, you might get a reduction in the energy delivered to the vaginal skin and less of an effect.

Lots of reasons to wait

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The discharge caused by your menstrual cycle could get in the way of the laser beam. This would affect the efficacy of treatment. Also, women tend to be more sensitive, with cramps, during menstruation. We tell our patients to schedule around their cycle. 

Carmen A. Traywick, MD, FAAD
Hilton Head Island Dermatologic Surgeon

Femilift while menstruating

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I would not recommend performing the Femilift procedure during menstruation.  The Femilift procedure uses laser energy to treat the vaginal walls.  Blood in the vaginal canal would absorb the laser energy before it could reach the vaginal walls and would prevent the desired treatment effect.

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Femilift while menstruating

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No. FemiLift works by targeting the water in the vaginal tissues. If you are menstruating, this will add too much moisture to this area which will not be conducive to a safe and effective procedure. Please schedule treatments around your monthly cycle.

Better to wait

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It is optimal for the vaginal walls to be as dry as possible for maximum penetration of the laser.  CO2 heats water as its mechanism of action, so if the laser hits water in the vagina its going to boil that water rather than the water within the tissue, which is the mechanism you are supposed to be achieving.  So in short, its better not to be menstruating.

Timing of Femilift

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We recommend not having the procedure done while menstruating.  It would not be harmful but your results will be less than optimal.  Best of luck and I hope you have a wonderful outcome.

Amy Y. Paul, DO, FAAD
Grand Junction Dermatologic Surgeon

Not recommended

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Thanks for your question. Femilift is not performed during a patient’s menstrual period as the laser will not achieve optimal results. It is best to wait if that's the case. 

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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