Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the ValayzaTM Procedure?
What type of results can I expect?
The great majority of treated patients report a significant reduction in vaginal dryness, vaginal burning and pain during intercourse, which contributes to a substantial improvement in their quality of life. These results are possible due to the stimulation of the vaginal mucosa, which renews and regenerates. There is actual growth of new cells and tissues which takes place for weeks after each treatment. Results are most noticeable one and a half months after a treatment session and optimal results are seen after the third treatment session. Click on the graph on the right. The purple column shows up to a 90% reduction in severity of symptoms after the third treatment.
How long will these results last?
Studies done in Italy and Australia show that positive results can last up to one year after completion of the initial treatment course, which consists of 3 treatment procedures about 4-6 weeks apart. They recommend a single annual treatment afterwards to maintain the beneficial effects.
Tell me more about the laser itself
The MonaLisa TouchTM laser is a patented CO2 fractional laser, specifically designed for intravaginal application. It received FDA clearance for safe use vaginally in September 2014. The procedure is carried out in a medical office and normally does not require any anesthesia and does not involve any cutting or stitching. The procedure is not approved by the FDA for this specific medical indication (please see our FDA alert page for more information).
A consultation is required before the procedure is done for the first time; this could take 10-15 minutes, and the treatment itself takes less than 5 to 10 minutes.
What are the benefits of this treatment?
The ValayzaTM vaginal laser treatment causes a functional restoration of the vaginal mucosa, which helps to greatly reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of vaginal atrophy, a widespread problem among pre- and postmenopausal women (and women who have lost estrogen due to other conditions such as going through chemotherapy).
Thanks to its action on factors that lead to vaginal dryness, fragility and loss of mucosal elasticity, this treatment can eliminate troublesome itching, irritation and pain, which become particularly acute during intercourse.
The interaction with the laser stimulates the collagen contained in the vaginal walls, and helps the lining to grow and thicken. This results in vaginal rehydration and functional tissue restoration, which in turn can contribute to improved self-confidence and sexual sensation.
What are the Three R's of ValayzaTM ?
Renew the tissues to a more youthful state due to the healing response initiated by the laser effects
Restore vaginal moisture and lubrication and decrease pain, burning and dryness.
Revive your sex life!
Is anesthesia required?
No, usually no anesthesia is required. However, if a patient prefers, a topical anesthetic gel can be applied inside the vagina prior to the procedure. Some women report a brief "tingling" sensation vaginally when the laser is activated.
How is the recovery?
Most women report slight localized discomfort following the ValayzaTM Procedure and during the first few days after the session. Nearly all patients have resumed their normal routine after one to three days. During the healing period, it may be recommended to avoid lifting weights or certain activities, such as taking a hot bath, or vigorous physical exercise. Your doctor will give you instructions for a speedy recovery.
Am I a candidate?
The ValayzaTM Procedure is most suitable for any woman with symptomatic vaginal atrophy due to physiological hormonal changes (loss of estrogen). In particular, ValayzaTM is the ideal treatment for those who are looking for a less invasive procedure, compared to traditional surgical, pharmaceutical or hormonal treatments. Remember, no one can advise you better about what is the best way for you to achieve optimal results than your doctor.
Appropriate candidates for this procedure include pre- and post-menopausal women, breast cancer survivors of any age and breastfeeding women with vaginal burning due to low estrogen. Appropriate candidates for this procedure include pre and post-menopausal women, breast cancer survivors of any age and breastfeeding women with vaginal burning due to low estrogen. Basically, if there is symptomatic vaginal atrophy due to low estrogen, ValayzaTM can help.
For which women is the ValayzaTM Procedure not indicated?
There are no specific exclusion criteria for the ValayzaTM Procedure, other than the presence of a serious local or systemic illness or condition. In general, all women with symptomatic vaginal atrophy can potentially benefit from this treatment; however, your doctor must determine whether you are a good candidate.
Can the MonaLisa TouchTM laser be used to treat vaginal laxity?
Vaginal laxity is sometimes referred to as a "loose vagina." This is a condition where the diameter of the vagina has increased causing less sensation during sex. This is often due to natural yet traumatic events, such as giving birth or tissue relaxation due to a natural aging process. In these cases, it is essential to evaluate the cause and the state of the vagina to exclude a prolapse or an involvement of the vaginal muscles. If a thorough exam determines that the problem is a loose vaginal wall rather than true prolapse, the ValayzaTM Procedure can provide significant improvement for this condition as well.
Are there any risks?
The risks are minimal. The 5-minute procedure is performed in the doctor's office on an outpatient basis. Most women report temporary side effects such slight redness or swelling of the vaginal area, and some discomfort that usually disappears in one or two days. In one clinic in Australia, over 1,000 patients have been treated without a single major complication.
What is the cost?
Please call our “hotline” at 844-VALAYZA for more information about cost or if you have any questions. That’s 844-825-2992. Over a five year time frame, the cost of three initial sessions with a yearly maintenance procedure afterwards is less than most daily pharmaceutical treatments. To our knowledge, the ValayzaTM procedure is not covered by any medical insurance provider.
The information herein is intended solely to provide a general introduction to the ValayzaTM Procedure, which involves the use of a vaginal laser for the treatment of vaginal atrophy. This information is not to be used to determine the appropriateness of this procedure for a given individual, nor provide any guarantee of the final outcome or results of the treatment. Further details regarding the ValayzaTM Procedure and whether or not it is right for you should be discussed with your Gyn physician.