Nearly 80% of postmenopausal women experience vaginal atrophy, and nearly 50% suffer from stress urinary incontinence.
The FemTouch™ vaginal laser rejuvenation treatment restores vaginal health by remodeling tissue and reducing/eliminating vaginal atrophy (dryness, pain with sex, itching and burning), stress urinary incontinence, and laxity caused by childbirth and menopause.
The procedure is quick, painless, non-invasive, has no downtime, and carries minimal risk. For many patients, the treatment is life-changing, and satisfaction is incredibly high with some patients (and partners) experiencing results even after one treatment!
Lumenis is the inventor of and leader in CO2 laser technology. Dr. Schroeder, with 20 years of laser/light experience, is the only physician trained to provide FemTouch in Colorado Springs.
SYMPTOMS OF VAGINAL ATROPHY
FemTouch™ is a quick, non-hormonal, non-surgical, and highly effective treatment for many symptoms of vaginal atrophy, urinary stress incontinence and vaginal laxity often associated with menopause and pregnancy:
Vaginal dryness, burning or itching.
Vaginal Laxity due to loss of elasticity and tone.
Stress Urinary incontinence/urgency.
Recurrent bladder infections (UTIs).
Vaginal or vulvar pain.
Reduced sensitivity and sexual arousal.
Changes in the external vaginal appearance.
A decrease in estrogen, which is essential for maintaining the health and function of the vaginal and urinary systems, is most commonly the cause of vaginal atrophy. This normal decline in estrogen around menopause can worsen pre-existing damage that may have occurred as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, or other factors.
Any women with a low or suppressed estrogen state can suffer vaginal atrophy symptoms, including younger women following:
Prolonged progesterone-only contraception.
Ovarian failure and Induced menopause secondary to breast cancer medications/treatment.
Surgical removal of ovaries (oophorectomy).
Stress, depression, and strenuous exercise.
Unlike some transient menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, vaginal atrophy does not usually resolve and can worsen over time, causing decline in comfort, sexual intimacy, and overall quality of life. These symptoms are common and are now treatable.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE?
FemTouch™ is a low-risk procedure and indicated for nearly all women presenting with vaginal atrophy symptoms, including those:
in peri-menopause, menopause and post-menopause.
unable to use hormone-based treatments, secondary to cancer medication or surgery.
unresponsive to topical estrogen HRT or dislike the application of this cream.
with recurrent yeast or bladder infections.
with pain, discomfort, or bleeding with intercourse.
with decreased elasticity (laxity) after child-birth.
with mild-to-moderate urinary incontinence with exercise, coughing, sneezing, laughing.
with urinary urgency.
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
FemTouch™ treatment restores your vagina to its younger, elastic and healthy functioning state in 2 – 4 treatments. You can also look forward to reduced stress urinary incontinence and urgency.
All of our patients report considerable improvement in symptoms, some describing it as life changing. Specifically, patients report:
Improved vaginal lubrication.
Decreased or no pain with intercourse.
Decreased vaginal burning and itching sensation.
Marked improvement /resolution of urinary urgency and stress incontinence.
Vaginal tightening and improved elasticity.
Increased sensation, orgasm and responsiveness.
Increased libido and self-confidence.
A significant difference experienced by their sexual partner.
HOW DOES FEMTOUCH™ WORK?
FemTouch™ works by applying fractionated CO2 laser to the vaginal mucosa, causing remodeling by the body’s own regenerative processes. This process creates improved blood supply, nerve sensation, and collagen,thereby restoring vaginal tissue integrity and elasticity.
CONSULTATION PRIOR TO TREATMENT:
A history and examination will be performed to make sure you are a candidate for the FemTouch™ procedure. We require that you to have an up-to-date pap smear within the past two years and no other contraindications to treatment. In most cases you may have your first treatment immediately following the consultation.
The FemTouch™ procedure is painless, simple, and takes no more than 15 minutes. If desired, the external vaginal area can also be treated during the same session. A brief vaginal exam with a speculum will be preformed and the vaginal pH measured. A lubricated sterile probe will be inserted and the laser applied to the entire vaginal wall. There is no pain associated with the internal treatment. If the external vaginal area is to be treated, a numbing cream will be applied prior to treatment.
Patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately; we do, however, recommend no intercourse for 3 days.
ARE THE RESULTS LONG-LASTING?
The results of the FemTouch™ treatment are excellent and most patients notice improvement after just one Fem Touch treatment. We do recommend 2-4 treatments 4 – 6 weeds apart, with most women receiving three. Some patients report improvement within days, but the effects are more noticeable after a few weeks, as remodeling of treated tissue continues progressively for 6 months.
At this time we recommend maintenance treatment every 1-2 years to maintain beneficial results.