Vaginal dryness, itching, painful intercourse, poor lubrication, and poor vaginal muscle elasticity and tone are experienced by 40% of women in menopause and known collectively as vaginal atrophy. Estrogen helps keep the vagina flexible and moist so as estrogen levels decrease during menopause it can lead to an even further group of genital and urinary symptoms called Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM). It is characterised by dryness, burning sensations, irritation, poor lubrication, an urgent need to urinate, UTIs or painful urination.
The Juliet Laser can help relieve these symptoms as well as improve sexual satisfaction and issues with incontinence. These symptoms are not temporary and will worsen over time if not treated.
The Juliet Laser exerts its effects on the mucosa of the vagina and the skin of the labia. The treatment induces a regeneration of the pelvic connective tissues resulting in thicker mucosa, improved urethral closure and an improvement in vaginal laxity. The first pass of the treatment targets the mucosal layers and the addition of a second thermal pass of treatment helps remodel the deeper collagen layers.
Treatment takes 15-30 minutes
Performed in the clinic without anaesthetic
Downtime is minimal and you can return to work but we advise you not to have sexual intercourse for 72 hours.
Hormone replacement therapy with estrogen tablets, patches or vaginal creams has been the gold standard treatment until now. Some women do not wish to take tablets every day or have been advised not to take supplementary estrogen (eg women with estrogen positive breast cancer) and the ability to relieve their symptoms by inducing structural tissue change is extremely beneficial.
There is also increasing evidence that treatment with a laser can substantially improve the symptoms in women with a chronic vulval condition called Lichen Sclerosis.