Tag: Vaginal atrophy

The Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM)

Menopause, a natural phase in a woman’s life, brings about various physiological changes, one of which is vaginal atrophy. This condition, characterized by a thinning and inflammation of vaginal tissues, can lead to discomfort and reduced quality of life for many women. However, a recent article in The New York Times highlights a groundbreaking study […]

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Understanding and Managing Vulvovaginal Symptoms in Menopausal Women

Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years. However, it is not without its challenges. One of the most common and distressing issues experienced by menopausal women is a range of vulvovaginal symptoms that can significantly impact their daily life. These symptoms, which include dryness, itching, pain during […]

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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) in Low Risk Women

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been a topic of controversy in recent years due to concerns about potential health risks. However, for low-risk women, HRT can be a safe and effective treatment for menopause symptoms. In this article, we will discuss the benefits and risks of HRT for low-risk women, as well as the different […]

The Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause and CO2 Laser—the latest research!

  We’ve just passed our 3rd anniversary of having the revolutionary MonaLisa Touch CO2 laser in our office.   The Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM) is a term recently developed by experts in gynecologic health and sexual function to describe the symptoms specific to the vulva, vagina and bladder that result from menopause and some cancer […]

Menopause symptoms and treatment options

  With menopause comes a whole host of symptoms, with the most well known being hot flashes and night sweats. Unfortunately, there are some symptoms linked to vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) that worsen the quality of life for menopausal women – from urinary issues to vaginal dryness.   In a study published in the journal Menopause, […]

Tips for your MonaLisa Treatment

Is your MLT appt coming up?  Here are some helpful tips before and after your procedure.   You should have received our handout by now, if not, email Shar for a copy. The MonaLisa Touch device is changing lives as it treats the common symptoms of the Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM) including vaginal dryness, painful […]

Lowest Effective Estrogen Dose for the Treatment of GSM: Imvexxy

An estimated 30 million women in the United States currently experience symptoms of the Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM).   GSM is defined as: a syndrome of various menopausal symptoms and signs including vaginal and vulvar dryness, burning and irritation as well as lack of lubrication, discomfort or pain associated with sex, and urinary urgency or […]

Seeking Help for Vaginal Dryness

“Like Sandpaper”.   Not usually a comment I hear at the hospital, I turned my head to see what the nurses were discussing.   I could not believe it, they were discussing their vaginas. The conversation was between a few peri- and post-menopausal nurses complaining about the state of their vaginas, using words like “sandpaper”, “the desert” […]

The Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause a new term for an old problem

  Women have always gone through menopause.   The hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings are commonly known symptoms that are visible, recognizable and publicly experienced by women all over the world.   We also know that these symptoms usually resolve as women complete their transition into menopause.  There are less visible symptoms that are just as […]

Safety and long-term efficacy of fractional CO2 laser treatment in women suffering from genitourinary syndrome of menopause

  Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2017 Jun;213:39-44. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2017.03.036. Epub 2017 Apr 2. Abstract can be found here Abstract OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the safety and long-term efficacy of fractional CO2 laser treatment in reducing the severity of symptoms of genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) in menopausal women.  STUDY DESIGN: 102 women presenting with symptomatic GSM […]