Atrophy is a condition in which the walls of the vagina and vulva become thinner and drier due to a decrease in estrogen. Many women, particularly after menopause may experience painful intercourse and vaginal dryness. Other related symptoms include burning with urination, the need for frequent and urgent urination and recurrent urinary tract infections.
This is a minimally invasive treatment that can be utilized to improve the health and pliability of the vaginal tissue and mucosa. This in-office procedure uses a specially designed CO2 fractional laser to penetrate light deep into the layers of the vaginal wall. The procedure invigorates vaginal tissue and stimulates collagen as well as increasing blood flow to the area. This process can help return the vaginal tissue to a more supple and moist texture.
Studies have been done in Europe as well as in leading US institutions, including Stanford University, which continually show that patients have improvement in symptoms as early as a few weeks following the first treatment.
A total of three treatments are recommended spaced six weeks apart. This timing allows for significant or complete relief of symptoms for approximately one year, after which another treatment session may be recommended.
The treatment requires no anesthesia or special preparation. During your in-office visit, a small probe is placed in the vagina. You will experience minimal to no discomfort. The treatment time is approximately 5 minutes, and there is no post treatment medication required.
Most women experience minimal pain, however a few women will notice some local discomfort. Full activity is resumed in 24 – 48 hours.
While the treatment is new to North America, recently garnering Health Canada approval, it has been used for several years in Europe and the US. To date, there are no recorded adverse events or serious side effects from patients.
Presently this treatment is not covered by provincial health insurance plans. Some private insurance companies may cover this treatment. Medical financing will be available through the Institute for Hormonal Health. Please call 905- 844-8884 for further information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The treatment cost is $2350 (+ HST), which covers the initial consult + 3 sessions at 6 week intervals.
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