Common Vaginal Issues and MonaLisa Touch

What are some common vaginal issues?

The MonaLisa Touch is indicated for women with gynecologic changes due to decreases in estrogen. Women who have had breast cancer, thrombophlebitis or other contraindications to estrogen therapy can benefit immensely from the treatments.

Vaginal regeneration can help with:

  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal laxity
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Recurrent infections
  • Mild incontinence

Because these symptoms can often cause discomfort, it’s important to seek treatment. Depending on your symptoms, there can be many root causes, ranging from severe issues such as lichen sclerosus, infections, and pelvic pain, to normal issues such as menstrual cycles, birth control methods, and aging.

Lichen Sclerosus (Vaginal Dryness)

What are the symptoms of lichen sclerosus?

Vaginal dryness isn’t only uncomfortable, it can cause tears in the skin surrounding it which are downright painful. The condition, called lichen sclerosus, can be treated by MonaLisa Touch®. This non-surgical, FDA-cleared alternative treatment promotes healing of the tissues by increasing collagen production and restoring circulation in the vagina.

Lichen sclerosus is a condition which can create thin, patchy, white skin on the vulva. While anyone can get lichen sclerosus, postmenopausal women have a higher risk.

Common symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • Discomfort
  • White spots on skin
  • Wrinkled patches
  • Easy bruising or tearing

In some cases, lichen sclerosus can cause bleeding, blistering, or ulcerated lesions. It can also affect relationships, as it causes painful intercourse. The cause of lichen sclerosus isn’t currently known, but some doctors believe an overactive immune system or hormonal imbalance may be connected to the condition.

What Is Lichen Sclerosus?

FAST FACTS:

Lichen sclerosus is a long-term problem of the skin. It mostly affects the genital and anal areas. Sometimes, lichen sclerosus appears on the upper body, breasts, and upper arms.

How Is It Diagnosed?

Doctors can look at severe lichen sclerosus and know what it is. But usually, a doctor takes a small piece of the skin patch (biopsy) and looks at it under a microscope. This allows doctors to make sure that it is not a different disease.

What Are the Symptoms?

Early in the disease, small white spots appear on the skin. The spots are usually shiny and smooth. Later, the spots grow into bigger patches. The skin on the patches becomes thin and crinkled. Then the skin tears easily, and bright red or purple bruises are common. Sometimes, the skin becomes scarred. If the disease is a mild case, there may be no symptoms.

Other symptoms are:

  • Itching (very common)
  • Discomfort or pain
  • Bleeding
  • Blisters

What Causes Lichen Sclerosus?

Doctors don't know the exact cause of lichen sclerosus. Some doctors think a too active immune system and hormone problems may play a role. It is also thought that people inherit the likelihood of getting the disease. Sometimes, lichen sclerosus appears on skin that has been damaged or scarred from some other previous injury.

Is Lichen Sclerosus contagious?

Lichen sclerosus cannot be transmitted from one person to another can’t be caught from another person).

Can People with Lichen Sclerosus Have Sex?

Women with severe lichen sclerosus in the genitals may not be able to have sex. The disease can cause scars that narrow the vagina. Also, sex can hurt and cause the patches to bleed

MonaLisa Touch and Breast Cancer

Is MonaLisa Touch safe for women with breast cancer?

Yes, MonaLisa Touch treatment is particularly well suited for patients who cannot, or prefer not to receive estrogen therapy. Mona Lisa Touch is probably one of the best options for breast cancer patients who have few choices for treatment of their vaginal and vulvar atrophy symptoms. Most breast cancer patients are not candidates for estrogen therapy which is a common treatment for vaginal and vulvar atrophy symptoms.

Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer is devastating enough. When you factor in the side effects that accompany breast cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation (and those are just two of many), the results can be quite a blow to the physical health and overall well-being of the women. One specific side effect that many women who are treated for breast cancer experience that falls into our particular arena is vaginal atrophy.

Vaginal atrophy is the thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls. These physical changes most often lead to burning, painful intercourse, and in some severe cases, discomfort or pain when simply sitting down. Vaginal atrophy is directly linked to the decrease in estrogen, which is why it’s also common in post-menopausal women. Because breast cancer shares a common denominator with estrogen, these women are often unable to receive conventional hormonal therapies to relieve these debilitating symptoms.

Here’s where MonaLisa Touch comes in…

Touted by some breast cancer patients who have received this non-surgical, non-hormonal treatment as “life-changing”, MonaLisa Touch is truly a game-changer.

The MonaLisa Touch is a medical laser that delivers controlled energy to the vaginal tissue that revitalizes the cells in the vaginal mucosa (vaginal tissue) so that they make more collagen, an essential ingredient in vaginal cell health. MonaLisa Touch has helped many breast cancer survivors enjoy complete relief from symptoms they suffer from every day, thus increasing their quality of life, restoring their intimate relationships, and boosting their confidence.

The staff at Ageless Expressions MedSpa are dedicated to improving the lives of women. When it comes to making important decisions regarding your healthcare, you should always be aware of all your treatment options. Contact our office today to set up a consultation with one of our compassionate and professional medical practitioners to discuss your options and a treatment plan that accomplishes your goals and addresses your individual needs.

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