A safe solution for menopausal women
If you’re going through menopause, sexual intercourse may have become painful and less enjoyable. Painful sex, a condition known as dyspareunia, is a common problem among menopausal women and can ruin what was once a healthy, satisfying sex life.
Menopause brings a decrease of estrogen – a hormone that is largely responsible for a woman’s physical capacity to enjoy sex. The loss of estrogen can cause your vaginal tissues to become thin, dry and less elastic, making sexual intercourse painful and unappealing. It can also cause vaginal irritation and the leaking of urine with laughing, coughing or sneezing.
Cancer survivors are especially susceptible to vaginal pain and dryness during sex because many cancer treatments can decrease a woman’s estrogen production, leading to menopausal symptoms. In fact, about 80% of menopausal cancer survivors report experiencing pain during intercourse.
Traditional treatments for alleviating vaginal dryness and pain have been hormone replacement therapies to replace lost estrogen. However, because cancer cells feed on estrogen, some cancer survivors may not be candidates for treatments that add more estrogen into the body, for it could give any hidden cancer cells fuel for growth – a risk that many cancer patients are not willing to take. Cancer survivors should always check with their oncologist when any treatment that involves hormone therapy.
Painful sex due to vaginal atrophy can be relieved
At Belcara Health, we are happy to offer women a new solution for relief. CO2RE Intima laser treatments are a drug-free, minimally invasive way to prevent and reduce the discomforts of painful sex, vaginal irritation, and mild urinary incontinence. There is no hormonal activity with this treatment, making it a safe solution for cancer patients and anyone who doesn’t want to use traditional hormone therapy. Learn more about CO2RE Intima laser treatments.
Dr. Andrew London, Board-Certified OBGYN and Women’s Sexual Health Specialist, provides CO2RE Intima laser treatments at Belcara Health. Using fractional carbon dioxide (CO2) technology, CO2RE Intima stimulates vaginal tissues to induce the production of collagen and other substances that support vaginal elasticity and lubrication. It can also be used to improve the appearance of the external tissues of the vagina, the removal of skin tags and warts, and to help correct some looseness of the vaginal opening. Treatments involve three sessions, generally performed four to six weeks apart, with occasional touchups after a year or two, if needed. The procedure itself takes only two to four minutes, with minimal to no discomfort. Learn more about Dr. London.
By restoring health and balance to the vaginal tissues, CO2RE Intima laser treatments correct the underlying conditions that cause painful intercourse so menopausal women can start enjoying sex again. It has been successful for nearly 90% of women experiencing hormone-related vaginal dryness and sexual pain – and can even help correct vaginal laxity that can occur after childbirth.
To learn whether you could benefit from CO2RE Intima laser treatments, schedule a private consultation with Dr. London by calling 410.296.0414 or contact us online.