Painful Sex Specialist

MonaLisa Touch Chico

Gynecologists located in Chico, CA

Painful sex is a common problem, but the fact that it’s common doesn’t diminish the toll it takes on you and your partner. Many women first encounter painful sex when they reach menopause. Dr. Gregory Davis at MonaLisa Touch Chico offers effective treatment for painful sex due to vaginal changes during menopause, using advanced laser therapy with the MonaLisa Touch®. To learn more about the quick and pain-free treatment that restores vaginal health, call his office in Chico, California, or book an appointment online.

Painful Sex Q&A

MonaLisa Touch Chico

What causes painful sex?

Painful sex, or dyspareunia, can develop from many possible causes. For some women, painful sex is due to insufficient lubrication, vaginal muscle spasms, tight muscles due to stress, or emotional issues like anxiety, depression, or relationship problems.

Dyspareunia may be a symptom of an underlying gynecological problem, so if painful sex persists or is severe, have an OB/GYN doctor like Dr. Davis give you a complete checkup. The following conditions are just a few examples of health conditions that can cause painful sex:

  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Vaginitis
  • Urinary tract infections


Many women experience painful sex due to the changes that occur in vaginal tissues before, during, and after menopause. In fact, more than three-quarters of postmenopausal women report they have pain during sexual intercourse.

Vaginal atrophy develops when estrogen levels decline, whether at menopause or from any other medical condition. Lack of estrogen causes tissues inside the vagina to become thin, dry, and less elastic. Your vaginal wall also becomes susceptible to inflammation. All of these changes make sex painful.

How is painful sex treated?

The first step is to diagnose and treat any underlying health conditions. Your doctor may recommend topical estrogen or hormone replacement therapy. One medication currently exists that’s FDA-approved to treat moderate to severe dyspareunia, but it isn’t for every woman because it has potentially serious side effects.

You have another option if you want safe, effective treatment for vaginal atrophy: laser therapy with the MonaLisa Touch.

What is the MonaLisa Touch®?

The MonaLisa Touch® is an advanced laser that’s FDA-approved to treat vaginal atrophy. The device is placed inside your vagina, where it emits gentle laser energy into tissues lining the vagina. Heat from the laser triggers production of collagen, elastin, and blood vessels. As a result, vaginal tissues are restored.

Following laser treatment, vaginal tone, tightness, and lubrication return, which means vaginal atrophy and its symptoms are eliminated. You’ll once again find sex enjoyable rather than painful.

Treatment with the MonaLisa Touch® is pain-free, and it only takes about five minutes to complete one session. While you may notice some improvement following one session, three treatments are recommended to achieve optimal and long-lasting results.