Dr. Jennifer L. Harper
The Mona Lisa Touch … works! As a busy female gynecologist “of a certain age”, practicing for the last 25 plus years, I have both heard and personally experienced the frequent complaint of 2 out of 5 postmenopausal women suffering from severe vaginal dryness, itching, burning and sometimes excruciatingly painful intercourse due to a lack of estrogen. Like my patients, friends and colleagues before this, I have treated myself with vaginal estrogen, which has not been consistently effective and has also been very expensive. As it has always been my philosophy that the best way to fully understand another’s experience is to undergo it myself if possible; when I heard about the new FDA approved Mona Lisa Touch office treatment for vaginal atrophy, I felt I owed it to both my patients and myself to “try it out”.
Dr. Sara Bernstein, at the Women’s Health Institute in Wellington, is an esteemed colleague with impeccable reputation and one of the first gynecologists in Florida to provide the Mona Lisa Touch to her patients over the last eight months. Dr Bernstein and her staff were exceptionally friendly and professional reviewing the entire logistics of the procedure and what to expect with me before proceeding. The examination and procedure took less than five minutes, and as advertised, was completely painless.
To be perfectly honest, I went into Dr. Bernstein’s office with almost complete skepticism about this “so-called magical” Mona Lisa touch vaginal CO2 laser. In fact, Dr. Bernstein’s ringing endorsement that her patients have in some cases returned to the office within a week, to drop off their extra estrogen creams because they no longer felt they needed it, seemed impossible. However, she was RIGHT!!!
I have been recounting my own experience to my patients, colleagues and friends who are anxiously awaiting the incorporation of the Mona Lisa Touch into my own practice at Elite OBGYN Boca Raton starting September 2015. My partner, Dr. Lanalee Sam, further confirmed my own experience when she returned this week enthusiastically endorsing the treatment after seeing first hand 8 patients ages 57 to 65 receive their first, second and third sessions by Dr. Mickey Karram the leading urogynecologist and clinical coordinator of Mona Lisa Touch in the USA.
I truly look forward to and am grateful to finally have at my disposal personally and professionally, this proven, quick, painless and effective treatment for vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women and/or women who cannot, or choose not, to use hormonal treatments. This IS a medical breakthrough in particular for the many breast cancer survivors suffering with progressive vagina dryness due to lack of estrogen and whom I have felt helpless to treat in the past.
All praise and thanks to Dr. Sara Bernstein and her staff for curing me of my doubts and my discomfort!