Atrophic Vaginitis: a Difficult Problem for Breast Cancer Survivors

Atrophic Vaginitis: a Difficult Problem for Breast Cancer Survivors

Why the MonaLisa Touch Treatment Can Help

Heightened awareness, improved treatments, and better screening techniques have resulted in higher breast cancer survival rates over the last two decades. There are nearly 3 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States today. The majority of these survivors have received chemotherapy or endocrine therapy, which can cause biological changes impacting their vaginal health.

Atrophic Vaginitis

Thinning, drying, and inflammation of the vaginal walls is referred to as atrophic vaginitis. Vaginal dryness can occur after natural menopause or early menopause as a result of breast cancer treatment. Experienced by almost 70% of breast cancer survivors, this side effect makes sexual intercourse uncomfortable or painful and negatively impacts the quality of a survivor’s life.Breast cancer survivor sad

Symptoms of atrophic vaginitis include:

  • vaginal dryness
  • dyspareunia (pain with vaginal penetration)
  • irritation of genital skin
  • pruritus
  • burning
  • vaginal discharge
  • vaginal soreness

What Is The MonaLisa Touch?

MonaLisa Touch is an advanced laser procedure that distributes controlled CO2 laser energy to the vaginal wall, helping to rejuvenate the cells in the vaginal tissue to make more collagen, an important factor in vaginal cell health.

  • Simple, painless laser energy
  • In-office, no anesthesia
  • No side effects
  • No downtime
  • Symptom relief after just one treatment
  • 3 easy treatments, 6 weeks apart

How Does It Work?

MonaLisa Touch vaginal rejuvenation implements CO2 laser energy that is delivered via a side-firing probe inserted into the vaginal canal. A two-part pulse targets surface (epithelial) tissue and deep (lamina propria) tissue to promote vaginal mucosal revitalization.

Thousands of women have been successfully treated since 2008. The MonaLisa Touch is particularly suited for breast cancer survivors, as well as those who cannot or prefer not to use hormone therapy.

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Other Helpful Tips to Manage Atrophic Vaginitis

  • Use a lubricant that’s water-based (not hormone-based) such as Astroglide, Moist Again, or K-Y Liquid during intercourse
  • Try a vaginal moisturizer such as Replens
  • Avoid using anything that could be irritating to the vaginal area, such as lotions, deodorants, perfumes, harsh or deodorant soaps, or douches
  • Try different positions during sex to minimize any discomfort you may have

Dr. White is happy to offer the benefits of this revolutionary treatment to her patients. Do you have questions about the MonaLisa Touch? Call Dr. White’s office today.


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