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Are you avoiding sexual intimacy due to Vaginal Atrophy?


Vaginal atrophy is a condition that affects 4 out of 10 women after menopause.

As women age and estrogen levels decrease, the tissue of the vagina becomes very dry, losing elasticity and vitality. Vaginal atrophy may develop from premature menopause, hysterectomy, breast cancer treatment or natural menopause. Patients with this condition may experience burning, itching, tightness, and sexual discomfort.

What are my treatment options for vaginal atrophy?

Conservative options include water based lubricants and gels, and topical oestrogen creams. MonaLisa Touch is a new FDA approved in-office laser treatment to help women who suffer from vaginal atrophy

How does MonaLisa Touch work?

MonaLisa Touch works with a Fractional CO2 Laser, similar to a laser used on the face. The CO2 laser is inserted into the vagina to stimulate collagen growth in the walls of the vagina. The tissue reacts by making new blood vessels, collagen, glycogen, elastin, moisture, and hydration.

Does the MonaLisa Touch treatment hurt?

MonaLisa Touch is virtually painless and requires no numbing creams, anesthesia or pain medication. While some patients may experience a small amount of vibration from the machine, most experience no discomfort.

How long does the MonaLisa Touch treatment take?

At  you can be in and out of our office in less than 30 minutes. For optimal results, the in-office treatment involves 3 visits, scheduled 12-16 weeks apart. Each treatment lasts only 5-10 minutes.

What are the results?

Most women, 70% – 90%, see results after the first treatment with continued and significant improvements over the next 2 treatments. The benefits last a year or longer, with a single annual treatment for maintenance thereafter.


Leslie Kardos, MDDr.Leslie Kardos is trained in providing the MonaLisa Touch procedure for women in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. She is one of the leading gynecologists in San Francisco, CA.  The MonaLisa Touch procedure is quick, minimally invasive, and virtually painless and can be used for a variety of conditions. For more information or to schedule an appointment at our OBGYN office in San Francisco, CA  please call us at (415) 426-7859. 

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