New Australian MonaLisa TouchTM clinical trial

Marianne_BCNAMarianne_BCNA Administrator Posts: 34

MonaLisa TouchTM (MLT) is a new, non-hormonal treatment for women with vaginal atrophy (VA).

Vaginal atrophy most commonly occurs after menopause, when oestrogen levels fall and the walls of the vagina become thinner, drier and may become inflamed. VA also affectS women who have had breast cancer, where medications affect oestrogen levels and bring on menopausal symptoms. This often distressing condition can cause painful burning, itching, dryness, painful intercourse and pain during urination.

MLT is a type of fractional CO2 laser technology treatment which involves pin-point laser applications to the vaginal lining. At present, there is not enough evidence about the effectiveness of MonaLisa TouchTM for it to be recommended as a medical treatment. It is currently expensive to access and there is no Medicare rebate available. This article provides an interesting overview of fractional CO2 therapy for vaginal atrophy.

University of NSW Associate Professor Jason Abbott (a gynaecologist and obstetrician) is currently running a clinical trial in Australia which will evaluate how effective MonaLisa TouchTM is in treating postmenopausal VA symptoms in women with a history of breast cancer.

The study is being conducted in Sydney.

You can read more about the trial on our Clinical trials for women who have completed active treatment webpage. 



  • ZoffielZoffiel Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 933
    Thanks Marianne. I'd register for that but, of course, being out in the sticks in another state I can't. 

    It takes a certain degree of confidence, or desperation, to agree to have ones vagina lasered, but it would be excellent if they had a big enough sample to establish if this treatment works. VA is one of the less recognised side effects of cancer treatment. I'd go to considerable trouble and expense to restore some semblance of my previous sex life if I thought the treatment would work.
  • mum2jjmum2jj Member Posts: 2,992
    Shame I live so far away, otherwise would be very interested.
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