Around 50% of post-menopausal women experience a range of symptoms that are very rarely discussed. These symptoms are grouped under the term Genito-Urinary Syndrome Of Menopause (formerly known as vaginal atrophy) and may include the symptoms below. These symptoms often appear 3-4 years after menopause, continue to get worse with time and may or may not occur simultaneously.
The major cause of symptoms is loss of estrogen, which causes the mucosa of the vagina to become thin and frail. Previously the main treatment involved topically applied hormone creams. MonaLisa Touch provides a convenient, non-hormonal solution to stimulate the body's regenerative mechansims and help counteract symptoms such as:
The thinning of the mucosa and skin creates fragile tissue and loss of lubrication and dryness can contribute to pain during intercourse.
Thinning of the walls, loss of hydration and changes to the pH and internal environment can result in feelings of dryness or constant itching.
Protective good bacteria depend on glycogen in the cells that shed from the surface of the vagina as a food source. The levels of good bacteria are also interrelated to the pH of the internal environment. As the vaginal tissue becomes thinner and sheds less cells, and the pH becomes less acidic, the levels of good bacteria can decrease and the risk of infections can rise.
Thinning of the walls may also lead to burning sensations or irritation. In some cases bleeding may occur.
Feelings of constantly needing to go to the toilet, or slight 'leakage' such as when you cough or sneeze. The cause can be multi-faceted including loss of structural strength in the uro-genital system, changes in blood supply, activation and strength of the pelvic floor muscles and neural (nervous system) factors.
Thinning of the walls and loss of volume in the tissue can lead to declines in the structural strength and feelings of vaginal laxity.
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