Menopause Specialist

MonaLisa Touch Chico

Gynecologists located in Chico, CA

Loss of estrogen at menopause leads to vaginal symptoms that have few medical treatment options, such as dryness, burning, and painful intercourse. Advanced laser therapy offers new hope for relieving these menopause problems. Dr. Gregory Davis at MonaLisa Touch Chico offers expert laser therapy using a device specially designed for vaginal problems -- the MonaLisa Touch®. Please call his office in Chico, California, or book an appointment online to learn about treating your menopause symptoms.

Menopause Q&A

MonaLisa Touch Chico

What symptoms develop due to loss of estrogen at menopause?

A condition called vaginal atrophy develops at menopause because of the drop in estrogen, a hormone that’s essential for vaginal health. Loss of estrogen causes vaginal changes such as:    

  • Thinning of the vaginal wall
  • Loss of elasticity and tone
  • Loss of vaginal lubrication
  • Decrease in vaginal blood flow
  • Change in acidity that increases the risk of infection and inflammation

As a result of these vaginal changes, women develop the following vaginal symptoms:

  • Dryness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Discharge
  • Painful intercourse
  • Bleeding after intercourse

How are vaginal symptoms of menopause treated?

Medical treatment for vaginal atrophy includes topical estrogen, hormone replacement therapy, and vaginal moisturizers and lubricants. Hormone replacement is effective, but it’s not a long-term solution, and it’s not safe for all women. Laser treatment with the MonaLisa Touch® offers long-term relief from vaginal symptoms without hormones.

What is the MonaLisa Touch®?

The MonaLisa Touch® is an advanced medical device that uses a fractional CO2 laser to treat vaginal atrophy and alleviate its symptoms. This unique device divides the laser into microbeams that treat precise points of vaginal tissue while leaving the surrounding skin untouched.

How does the MonaLisa Touch® treat vaginal atrophy?

Gentle heat from the laser stimulates the production of collagen, elastin, and blood vessels throughout the vaginal wall. Meanwhile, the untreated tissues serve to promote rapid healing.

The vaginal tissues become stronger, more elastic, and better toned. Blood flow and lubrication return to normal. As a result, vaginal health returns and your symptoms are relieved.

Does the MonaLisa Touch® treat chemotherapy-induced menopause?

The drugs used during chemotherapy can damage your ovaries and stop them from producing estrogen. Depending on the drugs you receive, this chemotherapy-induced menopause may be temporary or permanent, but either way, the loss of estrogen leads to vaginal atrophy.

Laser therapy with the MonaLisa Touch® can treat vaginal symptoms caused by chemotherapy. In fact, it’s one of the few treatment options available for women with hormone-sensitive breast cancer who can’t take estrogen.

What should you expect during and after MonaLisa Touch® treatment?

The laser is delivered directly to vaginal tissues using a round device placed into your vagina. One session only takes about five minutes, and it’s so comfortable that you shouldn’t need anesthesia.

After three MonaLisa Touch® sessions performed about six weeks apart, you’ll have long-lasting results. Annual maintenance treatments may be needed to maintain healthy vaginal tissues.