For almost 3 years now and pioneered in Europe, is the expanding world wide use of lasers (such as GynaeLase, MonaLisa Touch, IntimaLase & THermiVa) in many Gynaecological applications. Nowadays throughout North and South America, as well as many centres in Europe, lasers are used in Gynaecology for such things as management of menopausal dryness, discomfort, pain and dissatisfaction in the ability to enjoy sexual intercourse.
As women reach menopause, the protective effect of oestrogen is gradually reduced and finally ceases. One of the associated features with that, locally in the vagina, is the deterioration of the mucosal lining of the vaginal wall. It becomes dry and it thins and eventually thins so much that it becomes atrophied.
As this starts to occur, the vaginal dryness impacts significantly on a woman’s sexual activity. They start to get itchiness, discomfort and pain on intercourse. This is temporarily improved at the time of intercourse by using vaginal lubricant gels, but can often be unpleasant for both male and female as it is messy and takes away from spontaneity of sexual intercourse.
Few women actually seek medical assistance for this and if they do, they either go to their GP or their Gynaecologist and are usually prescribed oestrogen pessaries.
However prolonged oestrogen therapy in any form, whether orally or topically, has been shown to be a potential causative effect in breast cancer, so many women are reluctant to try this.
What is the best alternative to prolonged oestrogen therapy for vaginal dryness?
A very simple and easy treatment course of three twenty minute laser sessions at a Gynaecological practice that has these new specialised lasers is able to correct this problem, so that the vaginal mucosa is completely transformed and rejuvenated.
The vaginal mucosa lining, with its thickness and moisture holding ability and collagen strength is gradually rebuilt for months after each of the laser treatments. This is maintained for a long time, as well as the circumferential retraction, tightening and firming of the vagina. This collagen rebuilding or remodelling causes further strengthening and thickening.
This gradually provides a restoration of normal lubrication, so that sexual intercourse can be enjoyed spontaneously, without the need for inserting pessaries or lubricants. Also the circumferential tightening and firming of the vagina, increases the sexual gratification of both male and female partners and has been shown to increase climactic orgasm significantly in most cases.
Do Vaginal Laser Treatments hurt and are there any side effects or downtime?
Surprisingly, contrary to popular belief with laser therapy, these laser sessions are almost painless, without side effects or any follow on adverse symptoms or requiring any down time or after care. Normal sexual intercourse can be commenced within three to five days following the laser procedure, without any significant concerns or problems affecting the laser therapy.
There are two different types of lasers now commonly used throughout the world for these Gynaecological laser procedures. Many centres have used the Decka CO2 laser, a treatment termed the “MonaLisa touch”. Other centres have adopted the use of a Fotona laser and Erbium Yag laser, with a treatment termed the “IntimaLaise”.
Will my GP or Gynaecologist know about these Laser treatments?
Not surprisingly, most Gynaecological centres throughout the world have not yet adopted these new laser technologies, because they are not well-known and have not been part of mainstream specialist medicine for long. However, there are now many new Gynaecological centres setting up these Gynaecological procedures as they are a very simple, non-invasive and a very satisfying form of Gynaecological medicine to help serve a lot of women who have not been able to be easily treated with other satisfactory treatment procedures.