Interstitial cystitis is also called painful bladder syndrome, which perfectly describes the condition. Treatment for interstitial cystitis often requires a trial-and-error approach to determine what works for each person. Dr. Gregory Davis at MonaLisa Touch Chico offers an alternative treatment that may help relieve your interstitial cystitis symptoms: laser therapy using the MonaLisa Touch®. To learn more about how laser treatment may help interstitial cystitis, call his office in Chico, California, or book an appointment online.
Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic condition that causes:
The degree of pain ranges from a feeling of mild pressure to intense pain. Some women find they need to urinate up to 60 times throughout the day and night, often only releasing a small amount. In severe cases, IC affects daily life, making it hard to be away from a bathroom or feeling unable to exercise or engage in any activity, even sex, due to the pain.
While health experts don’t know the exact cause of IC, they do know that women have double the risk of developing IC compared to men. Women who have IC are also more likely to have other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, vulvodynia, and fibromyalgia.
Diverse treatment options are available, from medications that relieve pain, relax the bladder, and reduce urinary frequency, to nerve stimulation and bladder distention. Bladder training is also available -- it actually helps your bladder “learn” to hold more urine before you feel the need to urinate. Some patients may work with a physical therapist to strengthen pelvic floor muscles.
Many people find that certain foods or activities trigger a flare-up of symptoms, so treatment also includes identifying and avoiding triggers. The bottom line is that there isn’t a primary treatment that works for everyone, so your treatment plan must be customized.
Dr. Davis offers an innovative treatment that may help you find relief from interstitial cystitis -- laser treatment with the MonaLisa Touch.
The MonaLisa Touch is a fractional CO2 laser that’s primarily used to treat vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women. It works by sending laser energy deep into tissues, which stimulates the synthesis of new collagen, elastin, and blood vessels. As these new structures develop, tissues regain strength and tone.
The same treatment may alleviate symptoms associated with IC such as urinary frequency by strengthening muscles that support and control urination. The MonaLisa Touch effectively relieves the range of symptoms associated with vaginal atrophy. This includes vaginal dryness and burning, pain during sex, urinary incontinence, and skin conditions that affect the external genitalia.