Menopause is a significant phase in a woman’s life and brings on a number of physiological changes that can drive her to her wits’ end. Among these changes is the dramatic decrease in estrogen levels — during and after menopause — that causes thinning, drying, and inflammation of the vaginal walls (vaginal atrophy).
The MonaLisa Touch is one of the several emerging laser treatments that promote the healing of vaginal wall tissue through collagen and elastin generation and vascularization. However, like any other medical treatment, it may not be devoid of side effects.
Let’s talk about the possible side effects of the MonaLisa Touch, but first, let’s delve into its uses.
The MonaLisa Touch
The MonaLisa Touch is one of the CO2 laser systems marketed to treat the symptoms of vaginal atrophy. The procedure utilizes these lasers to create tiny scratches in the vaginal wall, thereby stimulating growth of new blood vessels and alleviating the following symptoms:
- Decreased sexual sensation
- Dryness or itching
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Pain during urination
- Vaginal atrophy
- Vaginal laxity
In July 2018, the FDA issued clearance for laser devices, such as the MonaLisa Touch to treat abnormal or precancerous cervical or vaginal tissue and genital warts.
Possible Adverse Effects
The MonaLisa Touch has not received FDA approval for the treatment of symptoms or conditions related to menopause, sexual function, or urinary incontinence. However, there are published trials that indicate its benefits, as reported by patients.
Nonetheless, your decision should be derived from the careful evaluation of your condition and medical history by your provider. Your doctor needs to explain the possible side effects that you may experience so that you can determine if the reported benefits outweigh the possible risks.
The MonaLisa Touch is generally well-tolerated, with mild discomforts that are expected to subside within a few days after the procedure:
- General discomfort
- Inflammation, swelling, or redness
- Irritation, itching, or a burning sensation with urination
- Mild spotting or bleeding
- Tenderness during urination
- Vaginal discharge (brown, pink, or watery)
However, there is also a possibility to develop the following adverse reactions:
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Recurring/chronic pain
- Vaginal burns
- Vaginal scarring
Clinical trials investigating whether laser devices can improve vaginal atrophy and menopausal symptoms are still ongoing. Therefore, the safety and effectiveness of the MonaLisa Touch have still not been firmly established.
Women’s Health in North Miami, FL
If you’re experiencing symptoms associated with menopause, postmenopause, or a gynecological condition, visit us at Levin’s Women’s Health & Wellness Center.
Our board-certified OB/GYNS make sure to thoroughly discuss the benefits and risks of all available treatment options with our patients. We will properly evaluate your condition and consider the best treatment plan, keeping your safety in mind. If you would like to proceed with the MonaLisa Touch, you can rest assured that our physicians are trained and equipped to perform the procedure.
We also offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which is an effective menopause treatment alternative. BHRT works by replenishing your hormones, thereby relieving the symptoms of menopause.
If you would like to book an appointment with any of our OB/GYNs, call us at (305) 981-0231 or conveniently book an appointment online. We look forward to serving you!