When you were in your early 20s and just beginning to define womanhood for yourself, you probably felt like you’d be young forever. Now that you’ve actually grown a little older though, you’ve learned that the best kept secret of having more candles on your birthday cake is that with age comes confidence — a greater understanding of what it means to be comfortable in your own skin.
But just when you think you have it all figured out, life throws you a little curveball called menopause. Sure, you knew you’d have hot flashes and night sweats; what you didn’t know is that your vagina would dry out, sex would become painful, and you’d experience your first bout of urinary incontinence (UI, for those who are in the know).
Fortunately for you (and your sex life), menopause doesn’t have to have the last word. Here at Bergen Aesthetics in Paramus, New Jersey, we’re proud to offer MonaLisa Touch®, an advanced laser therapy treatment that restores vaginal elasticity, moisture, and normal function in just three quick sessions.
Starting in your late 30s or early 40s, long before you give it much thought, your reproductive hormones levels begin to decline and the process of menopause quietly gets underway. All this means, at least initially, is that it may be harder to become pregnant.
As the process continues to accelerate through your 40s, however, your estrogen and progesterone levels drop further, triggering a set of symptoms collectively known as “the change,” or menopause.
It starts with your period, which gets shorter, lighter, and less regular until it stops altogether, marking the end of your fertility. For the average woman in the United States, menopause occurs at the age of 51.
During perimenopause, or the period of transition into menopause, women can experience a wide range of fluctuating symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, slowed metabolism, weight gain, sleep problems, lower energy levels, and mood changes.
Most women feel free to talk about these “socially acceptable” symptoms, even in mixed company. And for many women, having frank and open conversations about menopause symptoms can be very helpful — both to gain a feeling of normalcy, and to learn better strategies for managing those symptoms.
The menopause symptoms no one ever really mentions, however, are the ones you probably want to talk about the most: vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and urinary incontinence.
Estrogen does far more for your reproductive health than regulate your menstrual cycle and help ensure your fertility — it also plays a major role in maintaining healthy vaginal and urethral tissues.
When your estrogen levels drop off, your vaginal tissues become weaker and less balanced than they were before, leaving you open to a range of problems that can make daily life uncomfortable and put your sex life on hold, including:
Estrogen plays a major role in maintaining normal lubrication and vaginal tissue elasticity and acidity. Having less estrogen makes your vaginal tissues drier, thinner, less elastic, and more fragile.
Long-term vaginal dryness often leads to painful intercourse. You may feel vaginal pain at any point just before, during, or following sex. Women affected by painful intercourse report pain during penetration, deep pain with each thrust, and burning pain that lasts long after sex.
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leaking of urine, either in the form of a few drops or something more severe. Menopause also makes women more susceptible to UI, because lower estrogen levels can weaken urethral tissues and lead to urinary control issues.
At Bergen Aesthetics, we’ve successfully helped many women living with the uncomfortable effects of menopause by treating them with MonaLisa Touch, an innovative and therapeutic treatment that restores vaginal elasticity and function.
MonaLisa Touch uses fractional CO2 laser technology to safely and effectively treat vaginal atrophy and prevent its aftereffects, so you no longer have to resort to messy lubricants or consider hormone replacement therapy or surgery.
During the procedure, a vaginal probe helps ease the laser into your vagina. There, it emits gentle pulses of energy into the vaginal wall that revitalize the mucosa and activate the production of new collagen.
MonaLisa Touch is an in-office procedure that takes less than five minutes. Although most women see noticeable results following the first treatment, the average woman needs three treatments for optimal results.
MonaLisa Touch has a 90% success rate for addressing vaginal dryness and painful intercourse, which means that about nine in 10 women are able to return to pain-free intimacy after just three treatments sessions. The therapy also helps as many as three in four women find complete relief from urinary incontinence.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t let menopause have the last word — call our office today to learn more about how MonaLisa Touch can benefit you.