Vaginal Atrophy Specialist

Julia Raber, MD

Gynecologist located in New Hyde Park, NY

If going through “the change of life” has left you with distressing or disruptive vaginal and urinary symptoms, you’re not alone. Many postmenopausal women experience some degree of vaginal atrophy, a condition that causes the tissues that line your vaginal canal to become thinner, drier, and inflamed.

Vaginal Atrophy Q & A

What is vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy is an inflammatory condition that causes your vaginal walls to become noticeably drier and thinner. Also known as atrophic vaginitis, this uncomfortable and sometimes painful problem is generally the result of low or reduced estrogen levels.  

Estrogen, one of the main reproductive hormones responsible for female fertility, plays an important role in maintaining normal elasticity, acidity, and lubrication of vaginal tissue. When you have less circulating estrogen, those tissues lose elasticity and moisture, causing them to become more fragile.

Although vaginal atrophy is a common side effect of menopause, the problem can affect any woman whose estrogen levels have declined, no matter her age.

What are the symptoms of vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy can cause a wide range of vaginal and urinary symptoms. Because these symptoms are interconnected in nature, many leading women’s health experts have started referring to vaginal atrophy as genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM).

The most common symptoms of vaginal atrophy, or GSM, include:

  • Vaginal dryness, burning, or itching
  • Painful sex with decreased lubrication
  • Light bleeding following intercourse
  • Urinary incontinence, or leakage
  • Burning, frequent, or urgent urination
  • Chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs)

It’s estimated that nearly half of all postmenopausal women experience one or more of these symptoms.

How does MonaLisa Touch address vaginal atrophy?

MonaLisa Touch is a revolutionary development in women’s sexual and urinary health that uses therapeutic laser energy to safely, effectively, and gently revitalize your vaginal and urethral tissues.  

The treatment uses a slim applicator to insert the laser into your vaginal canal, where it emits painless pulses of energy into the surrounding tissues. As these gentle pulses uniformly create microscopic injuries in your tissues, it stimulates the renewal of collagen, glycogen, and hyaluronic acid, or all the elements of healthy vaginal tissue.

In just three quick in-office treatment sessions, MonaLisa Touch laser therapy can stop vaginal atrophy, reverse its effects, and restore vaginal function.  

Is MonaLisa Touch right for me?

Although MonaLisa Touch is primarily used to treat menopausal women who are experiencing vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and other vaginal or urinary symptoms brought on by low estrogen levels, the therapy can also be beneficial for younger women whose estrogen levels have been diminished by cancer treatment or a hysterectomy.

MonaLisa Touch is an ideal alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which has long been the gold standard treatment for vaginal and urinary symptoms caused by menopause. If you don’t like the idea of taking hormones, or if you can’t safely receive HRT for medical reasons, MonaLisa Touch may be exactly what you’ve been waiting for.

To learn about the many benefits of MonaLisa Touch laser therapy, call Dr. Raber’s New Hyde Park office, or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.