MonaLisa Touch® for vaginal dryness
A fast and simple laser treatment for gynaecological issues experienced by women after menopause and breast cancer treatment
Simple and effective
A common side effect of breast cancer treatment is problems relating to your vaginal or urinary health. That’s because hormone therapy or chemotherapy for breast cancer can cause symptoms of menopause, such as vaginal dryness, pain during sexual intercourse, urinary frequency, infections or incontinence.
Mona Lisa Touch is also suitable for post-menopausal women who are experiencing the same symptoms due to natural decline in the levels of oestrogen. Many women only have mild symptoms that are manageable, but you might find these symptoms have a significant impact on your quality of life by making day-to-day life uncomfortable and affecting your sex life or ability to exercise.
MonaLisa Touch is a non-hormonal, chemical-free laser therapy which is proven to improve these symptoms and help you get back to being you. More than 1.4 million women have been treated worldwide.
We offer this innovative treatment at GenesisCare in Portsmouth, provided by one of our expert consultant gynaecologists – a doctor specialising in women’s health and the female reproductive system. You don’t need a referral, and you can pay for yourself, or it’s covered by private medical insurance on a case-by-case basis. We can help guide you through the process with your insurance provider.
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Breast cancer treatment and vaginal atrophy
Around 70% of breast cancers are oestrogen sensitive, meaning they rely on the female sex hormone oestrogen to grow and spread. So certain breast cancer treatments work by blocking oestrogen or reducing the level circulating throughout the body. However, a low level of oestrogen also causes vaginal atrophy – dryness, inflammation and thinning of the skin in the vagina.
Oestrogen levels also decline naturally after the menopause, meaning vaginal atrophy is often experienced by post-menopausal women. Post-menopausal women undergoing breast cancer treatment are also more likely to have vaginal atrophy symptoms that are more severe than pre-menopausal women.
MonaLisa Touch is a laser therapy that stimulates your body’s natural healing response to improve vaginal atrophy and symptoms associated with early menopause due to cancer treatment.
At your first appointment, one of our expert gynaecologists will discuss your symptoms and perform a medical examination before deciding if this treatment is right for you. Each treatment can then be performed in the clinic on a treatment couch in less than five minutes using a special probe. If you find the probe uncomfortable, your gynaecologist will apply a local anaesthetic gel to numb the vagina.
You’ll usually have three treatments. Each treatment occurs with 4 to 6 week intervals and a booster treatment may be required after 12 to 18 months. You should refrain from sexual activity for two to three days after each procedure.
Most women have MonaLisa Touch without side effects. However, you may experience mild bleeding and/or a mild burning sensation after the first procedure.
If you have had treatment for breast cancer, you may experience menopausal symptoms as a result of oestrogen deficiency. Oestrogen deficiency causes a progressive deterioration of the vulval and vaginal tissues called vaginal atrophy, which is associated with:
- Vaginal dryness
- Vulval itching
- Soreness and pain, particularly during exercise and sexual intercourse
In severe cases, you might have vaginal bleeding, vaginal narrowing, a rash caused by bleeding in the skin and a loss of elasticity.
You might also experience:
- Vaginismus (tightening of your vaginal muscles) in anticipation of pain during sex, which can, in turn, cause pelvic pressure and pain
- Urinary frequency and urgency and persistent urinary tract infections
Hormone replacement therapy with oestrogen is often used to help women who have these symptoms due to their natural menopause. However, it is not always suitable for women who are at risk of breast cancer or have had treatment for breast cancer.
MonaLisa Touch is not suitable for you if you:
- Have vaginal, cervical, or other lesions in the target area that have not been evaluated and diagnosed
- Have an active vaginal or vulvar infection, e.g. herpes, candida or a sexually transmitted disease
- Are pregnant or within three months of giving birth
- Have vaginal prolapse beyond hymen
- Have a history of radiation to vaginal or colo-rectal tissue
- Have a history of reconstructive pelvic surgery with mesh kits
- Have a history of impaired wound healing or keloid formation