Many women continue to suffer in silence because painful sex is a difficult discussion to have. As a compassionate gynecologist, Dr. Heripsime Ohanian understands the embarrassment you may feel talking about pain during sex, but she encourages each of her patients to keep an open line of communication to ensure you get the help you need.
Dr. Ohanian offers a variety of treatment options on site, including MonaLisa Touch® laser treatments, to address vaginal issues that cause painful sex.
Why sex may be painful for you
Painful sex is a common side effect of hormone changes relating to menopause, the time when your periods stop for good.
As your reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone begin fluctuating and ultimately declining, it can lead to changes in your vaginal tissue. Tissues begin thinning out and shrinking, a condition known as vaginal atrophy.
You also lose your natural lubrication which results in vaginal dryness and irritation. These issues cause friction during sex that leads to discomfort and pain.
In addition to menopause-related hormone changes, painful sex can be the result of:
- Genital inflammation
- Urinary tract inflammation
- Vaginal trauma
When sex is painful, it interferes with your self-confidence. It can also cause issues in your relationship and affect your enjoyment of intimacy with your partner.
Whether painful sex is the result of an underlying medical issue or the natural transition into menopause, it’s important that you receive a proper diagnosis to prevent additional complications.
Nonsurgical help for painful sex
If your pain is due to inflammation or an infection, Dr. Ohanian can provide you with the right medication to treat the underlying problem.
When painful sex results because of hormone changes during menopause, you may be an ideal candidate for treatment with MonaLisa Touch. This innovative technology uses CO2 fractional laser technology to improve blood circulation to your vaginal tissues.
MonaLisa Touch also stimulates your body to produce new collagen, an essential protein for healthy tissue. As new collagen builds up over time, your vaginal tissues plump up, and you regain your natural lubrication to make sex comfortable again.
The many benefits of MonaLisa Touch
One of the biggest benefits of treating painful sex with MonaLisa Touch technology is the fast treatment times. You can complete the entire in-office appointment in less than 30 minutes.
Other benefits of MonaLisa Touch treatments include that it’s minimally invasive, requires no downtime, and provides long-lasting results.
Minimally invasive procedure
During your treatment, Dr. Ohanian inserts the MonaLisa Touch device into your vaginal canal to deliver the CO2 fractional laser energy into your vaginal tissues.
There’s no need for anesthesia to keep you comfortable as treatment is relatively painless. You also don’t need any surgical incisions to treat the atrophied tissues.
Immediately after your treatment with the MonaLisa Touch laser, you can go back to your usual activities without any recovery time or limitations.
However, you should avoid sexual activity for several days to achieve optimal results.
Many women experience improvements in their vaginal health soon after their MonaLisa Touch treatment. Over the next several weeks, new collagen develops to further enhance your results.
Based on your specific needs, Dr. Ohanian creates a treatment plan that may involve a series of laser treatments to ensure painful sex is a thing of the past. As new collagen growth continues, it rejuvenates your vaginal tissue and you can expect your results to last a long time.
Painful sex is nothing to be ashamed of. Get started on the right treatment plan today by calling our office in Paramus, New Jersey, or by requesting a consultation online now.