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Wednesday Women's Health in the News: Most Frequently Asked Questions On MonaLisa Touch Vaginal Therapy

MonaLisa Touch: The Issue of Vaginal Symptoms
Even with the passage of time, many women still retain their youthful energy and enthusiasm, but post-menopausal changes can affect a woman's quality of life in unexpected ways. Hormone replacement therapy may not be the best option for many patients, as treatment outcomes can be uncertain. Now there is an alternative therapy for those who are unable to undergo other treatment options for the vaginal and sexual changes that occur due to perimenopause and menopause.
What is the MonaLisa Touch?
MonaLisa Touch is a medical laser that delivers controlled energy to the vaginal tissue to revitalize the cells in the vaginal mucosa (vaginal tissue) so that these cells make more collagen, an essential ingredient in vaginal cell health.
How does it work?
MonaLisa Touch implements CO2 laser energy that is delivered via side-firing probe inserted into the vaginal canal. A two-part pulse targets surface (epithelial) tissue and deep (lamina propria) …

Shaping Your Shape

Can We Edit Genes and Design a Baby?

In August of 2017 a team of researchers in Portland Oregon reported that they were able to change genes in 100 human embryos. This has opened the do to the idea that we can edit human genes and perhaps some day have designer babies. The technology should allow for parts of a gene's DNA to be removed, and another code, presumably something 'more desirable,' to be inserted. The designer baby feature would perhaps be able to fix simple mistakes that nature already fixes in most cases, or perhaps cure diseases that are the result of inheriting a copy of a faulty gene instead of the healthy gene. None of these therapies are able to be used yet, and the National Academies is looking at the ethics and state of the science to attempt to get the public to help scientists determine what we really want to do with this technology. The gene treatments are called the CRISPR technology, and it's potential in health and medicine is very powerful. But for now, having that healthy baby…

Hormone Therapy And All Cause Mortality.

Hormone therapy can be life changing, you can improve moods, you can have a better sex life, you can maintain your weight and your waist, you can have healthier bones and skin, as well as control sleep and cognition; however there are risks of starting, risks of continuing and now we know if you were ever taken off hormone therapy there are risks to discontinuing therapy. The risks are very individual and if you have ever been  too scared for hormone therapy the best strategy is to come in to discuss the therapy, and what your personal risks and benefits might be. There are many studies that we can look to for advice. It is not just a good idea to rely on only one study, or on statistics that may be misinterpreted. All of this is understandable in light of new findings that politics, and 'alternative interpretations' hampered the interpretation of the Women's Health Initiative study findings. To read about this perspective here are some editorial comments. The newest …

Detecting and Preventing Cancer Spread

In her essay in the May 2011 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology Paola Gehrig discussed the 1889 theory of the great British physician Sir James Paget who proposed that certain cancers could shed cells and then those cells could travel to other organs and grow as metastasis and it became known as his "seed and soil" theory. Although it seems as obvious to us as how dandelions take over the lawn it wasn't a well accepted theory in his day. Now we not only know the presence of circulating tumor cells can produce distant growth, but we now think that if we can detect these cells we can prevent the spread, and if in the midst of treatment we can use these cells to predict response to treatment.

Thus Dr. Gehrig said the "liquid biopsy" was born, essentially looking for those tumor cells in the blood stream. In 2017 Cleaveland Clinics Top Ten Medical Innovations for 2017 said that this liquid biopsy used to analyze genetics of tumors could be the easiest and…

If Pregnancy Is Wanted Should You Try Insemination or Double Insemination?

Timing is everything in so much of what we do! Trying to get the sperm there exactly as a woman ovulates is the subject of much discussion among the girlfriends! Subtle and not so subtle hints are often tried. But sometimes that pressure is just, well, pressure. And some of us just have very specific reasons to birth at very specific times. this could be working around projects at work, or matching a loved one's birth day! Much infertility treatment has focused on mom: is mom ovulating? If Ovulating are mom's tube's open? Patients not conceiving ask does mom have endometriosis, and so on. Of course we know we need some sperm around, but using a process called  intrauterine insemination can actually double your rate of conception in any one cycle!.

The timing of insemination is usually determined by consultation with your gyno provider. You can be scheduled for a single time or scheduled for twice in a given cycle. To figure out if twice is better Drs. Cantineau and colleag…

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