If you are experiencing menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness, painful intercourse or frequent bladder infections, Clinic 66 have a potentially “life changing” treatment that is non-surgical, non-hormonal, quick, pain-free and long-lasting.
Dr Emma Boulton, CEO of Clinic 66, answers many of the frequently asked questions about the vaginal symptoms of menopause and how the MonaLisa Touch treatment may be able to help alleviate those symptoms
All over Australia and around the world, women who have received the MonaLisa Touch treatment have reported:
Increased vaginal lubrication
Increased tightening and tone
More comfortable intercourse
The ability to orgasm again
Less itching and burning
Less urinary urgency and stress incontinence
Less urinary tract and vaginal infections
You're not alone!!
Almost 50% of menopausal women are suffering with the symptoms of Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause or 'GSM' (also known as atrophic vaginitis, vulvo-vaginal atrophy and dyspareunia ).
The symptoms of GSM are notorious for affecting both the intimate relationships and general quality of life of too many women (and their partners) who are suffering in silence... just like their mothers and grand mothers did!? Why? It is time to remove the stigmas associated with menopause and understand that your sexual health is an important aspect of your overall well being.
We now have a breakthrough technology that is proven to be impressively effective at treating all these symptoms in a safe and easy way.
By stimulating the regeneration of new vaginal tissue, MonaLisa Touch is designed to restore your body's own natural balance and function.
You could begin to feel like You again... and rediscover the confidence you deserve to live the lifestyle you choose!
Unlike other treatment options, the MonaLisa Touch treats the cause of GSM, rather than simply addressing the symptoms.
It works by stimulating collagen formation beneath the vaginal skin, promoting the reproduction of the cells and restoring vaginal wall health, strength and blood supply. Essentially working with your body to help it heal itself.
This treatment provides long-lasting relief and offers a new and effective alternative for women who are unsuitable for existing HRT and drug-therapy treatment options.
The MonaLisa Touch is a breakthrough treatment for Genitourinary syndrome of menopause that is quick (15 minutes), safe, non-hormonal and non-surgical.
It is a highly effective CO2 laser that deals with all the cruel vaginal and urinary symptoms caused by your decreasing levels of oestrogen.
As an added bonus, the laser has an impressive tightening and toning affect on the vaginal structure and can be used with a special hand-piece to lighten the external vulva and surrounding skin... it's like a "face-lift for your fanny" (but not to be confused with a laser vaginal rejuvenation surgical procedure)!!
Originating in Italy (where it is now extremely popular), there have been tens of thousands of procedures performed worldwide with excellent results. This has been reported scientifically through peer-reviewed histological studies and through patient satisfaction and quality of life surveys.
Whilst relatively new to Australia, over 10,000 MonaLisa Touch treatments have been performed successfully here since January 2013.
Download the brochure
Please take a copy of our brochure to send to those you know who are also suffering in silence... they'll thank you for it!
Watch this 3 minute video about how the MonaLisa Touch Laser treatment works.
The results speak for themselves!
Do I need to have an IUD insertion with sedation or can I be awake?The choice is yours. If you have intravenous sedation, you will have a brief, light anaesthetic and have no recollection of the procedure. You will need someone to drive you home, as you can’t drive on the day of a sedation anaesthetic. Commonly, those who have an IUD insertion (or removal) with sedation are women who: Are nervous or tense about being examined or having cervical screening tests Are only recently or never sexually active Have had surgery to their cervix, such as a LLETZ procedure Have ONLY had elective Caesarean section deliveries (without labouring) Are approaching menopause Want an IUD removed, but the threads cannot be seen in the cervix If you DO opt for sedation, then you should: NOT eat any food during the 6 hours prior to your appointment Drink only water between 6 and 2 hours before your appointment Have nothing pass your lips in the 2 hours immediately before your appointment (this means no food or dring and includes smoking, lollies and chewing gum) An awake IUD insertion procedure takes about 5-10 minutes and there may be some discomfort. We advise that you take some simple pain relief (the same as what you would normally take for period pain) about 30 mins before the procedure. Awake IUD insertion can also be performed using local anaesthetic and/ or a Penthrox inhaler (green whistle). Please note that for women who have NEVER been sexually active, we do not offer IUD insertion as an awake procedure ( must be booked under IV sedation) The doctor who performs your insertion procedure will discuss what kind of anaesthesia might be necessary.
What do I need to bring with me?2 or 3 sanitary pads (light flow only) Some photo identification- a driver’s licence or passport Your Medicare card Warm, comfortable clothes and nothing that is too restrictive around the tummy A snack, or some food or drink for AFTER the procedure If you are travelling from more than 100km away, you should schedule yourself a telehealth consultation with one of our doctors prior to travelling, to ensure that you are suitable for an IUD procedure with us. We do not want to disappoint !
Are there any reasons why a woman can’t have an IUD inserted?If you have a history of breast cancer, we will need a letter from your oncologist and/or breast surgeon to say that you are clear to have a Mirena (hormonal) IUD. If you have a history of uterine fistula or complex surgery to your uterus, an IUD may not be suitable (a previous Caesarean Section is fine). Large fibroids, unusual layout such as bicornuate uterus or any other problem which can distort the inside of your uterus (womb) might make the use of an IUD difficult. We will discuss your options with the report from a formal pelvic ultrasound. If you know you have an unusual uterus, please make an appointment to discuss your options PRIOR to booking in for your procedure. (We dont want you to waste your time by accepting your booking and then us not being able to help you) A pregnancy must be excluded before using an IUD, and that is why we like you to come in for an IUD insertion within 7 days of the start of your menstrual period. In that way, we know that you are not likely to be pregnant. However, if you do not get regular periods, you can still have an IUD inserted but the timing needs to be discussed with one of our doctors or nurses.
Do I need a pelvic ultrasound before my IUD insertion?If you are over 40 years old and you have heavy periods, we need you to have a formal pelvic ultrasound scan to make sure that there are no underlying problems. If needed, we can refer you for a bulk-billed pelvic ultrasound scan. Women in their forties who have heavy periods are likely to need to have a Pipelle endometrial biopsy, and there is an additional charge for this procedure (Medicare rebates apply). If you have had a termination of pregnancy (medical or surgical), and you haven’t yet had a period after the procedure and you wish to have an IUD inserted, you should have a pelvic ultrasound performed. Please send us the report prior to booking in for your IUD insertion. We can provide you with a request form which will be “bulk billed for Medicare card holders.
What if I want my IUD removed or replaced?Removal of an IUD is usually quite straightforward, and can be done in the consulting rooms by a doctor who has experience at removing an IUD. If the IUD strings are not able to be found in the cervix, and you want to have your IUD removed, we need an ultrasound scan before we attempt to remove the IUD to ensure that the device is still in the uterus (womb). Please dont have unprotected sex for one week prior to the IUD removal or replacement, as sperm can hang around and its possible you could get pregnant once the IUD is removed, even from sperm which have been in the body for a few days.
Why should I use a condom for the week before my IUD removal or replacement?Please do not have condomless sex one week prior to the replacement OR removal of an IUD (as sperm can hang around, and this can result in an unintended pregnancy).
Do I need to have a GP consultation before having my IUD inserted?You do need to have a consultation prior to having your IUD inserted, which can be done with your own doctor, or one of our doctors or clinical nurse specialists. This pre-insertion consultation is important, as the timing of insertion, the type of device and anaesthetic options all need to be discussed. If you dont want to come into the clinic, you can have a consultation with one of our Telehealth doctors. Please make a booking at clinic66online.com.au