DEARBORN — Women in any stage of menopause, and those who have had breast or uterine cancer can experience uncomfortable changes in their gynecologic health that interfere with their daily lives and relationships.
As estrogen levels decline, vaginal atrophy can result and many women experience dryness, itching, burning and painful intercourse. If left untreated, symptoms can worsen over time.
Board certified OB/GYNs Dr. Duane Kreil and Dr. Bruce Rochefort, of West Village OB/GYN in Dearborn, understand first-hand how common of an issue this is for women.
“The condition of vaginal vulvar atrophy, which basically means the vaginal tissues become dry and very sensitive, is a huge problem,” Kreil said. “Millions and millions of women suffer from this and unfortunately most of the them suffer in silence.
“The other big group of women who are truly suffering in silence, are breast cancer survivors, because are unable to receive conventional treatments such as hormones.”
According to the National Institutes of Health, there are almost 46 million postmenopausal women between the ages of 50 and 80, and there are more than 2.8 million survivors of breast cancer.
An innovative laser technology approved by the FDA, called Mona Lisa Touch, has been shown to restore, rejuvenate and reverse the biological clock of aging. It’s a fractional CO2 laser treatment that revitalizes the cells in the vaginal tissue so that they make more collagen, an essential ingredient in vaginal cell health.
Mona Lisa Touch is used for the treatment of vaginal atrophy, and can help women get complete relief from the symptoms they suffer from every day.
“We were the first office in the area to acquire this technology, and its literally been a game-changer for our patients,” Rochefort said. “Mona Lisa Touch is a series of three laser treatments, spaced six weeks apart.
“The procedure is performed in the office, is essentially painless and takes less than five minutes to complete. Patients notice improvement even after the first treatment.”
Patients also report side benefits of treatment including an improvement in urinary stress incontinence, urgency and well as chronic vaginal infections.
The clinical studies results showed more than 80 percent of patients reporting a significant improvement in their symptoms and quality of life. Although the treatment is not covered by insurance, the procedure is comparably priced to the out-of-pocket cost of one year of hormone therapy.
“We are so grateful I am able to offer this treatment to our patients,” Kreil and Rochefort said. “This is literally a game-changer in the field of gynecology and menopausal therapies.”
For more information about the Mona Lisa Touch or to schedule a consultation to see if you are a candidate, call West Village OB/GYN at 313-565-9510.