How do you decide between using the Mona Lisa Touch procedure and the ThermiVa treatment?
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Vaginal atrophy due to lupus or due to your treatment for lupus?
Vaginal superficial gentle laser therapy.
Lupus and Vaginal Atrophy
What is missing to give a more precise answer is your age and whether you suffer from Sjogren's Syndrome, which a lot of women with Lupus also have. Sjogren's would lead to vaginal dryness as it affects the moisture producing glands. It is worth checking your DHEA blood level because if it is low, you are not going to make enough estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone. Diminished hormone levels can lead to vaginal atrophy. DHEA is safe but estrogen replacement is not so safe as it can activate Lupus. So other than using vaginal lubricants, a vaginal rejuvenation procedure makes complete sense. The MonaLisa laser procedure is quick and virtually painless for most patients (probe insertion may be uncomfortable for some). It rejuvenates by improving blood flow, epithelial thickness, and collagen production. You will not experience a problem with tightness. It improves tone because it stimulates healthier tissue. The ThermiVA uses radiofrequency and is a longer procedure that I find less appealing to most women patients compared to the MonaLisa. I recommend that you seek out a urologist, gynecologist, or urogynecologist who specializes in urogenital problems. Patient satisfaction is very high with the MonaLisa and you have an excellent chance of being happy with the results!
Mary C. DuPont, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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You are an ideal candidate for the MonaLisa Touch. The MonaLisa is best for patients who experience vaginal atrophy like yourself, while ThermiVa is best indicated for women who wish to tighten the vagina without surgery. Cheers!
Which treatment to use for vaginal atrophy?
The Monalisa Touch is FDA aproved for the treatment of vaginal atrophic changes like dryness, decreased elasticity and painful intercourse. I have also seen patient improvement with mild stress urinary incontinence as well as reduction in urinary frequency. This CO2 laser helps revitalize the vaginal tissue. IT does not cause tightening. I would reccomend this proceedure for you and I hope it helps.
Leslie Kardos MD
Which treatment to use for vaginal atrophy
The Mona Lisa is FDA approved for treating vaginal atrophy. I have not noted any great amount of tightening with the procedure but have found it well liked for symptoms associated with vaginal atrophy. Physician locations can be found on the Mona Lisa website. Be sure to have all three initial treatments at six week intervals to get the best results. Best Wishes, Maurice Vick MD