MonaLisa Touch Specialist

Open Arms OB/GYN -  - Obstetrics & Gynecology

Open Arms OB/GYN

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Toronto, ON

When sexual activity is painful and you have unpleasant symptoms such as vaginal dryness, burning and itching, you don’t feel like yourself anymore. At Open Arms OB/GYN in Toronto, Canada we pride ourselves on offering patient-centered, excellent clinical care that can help restore your urogenital tissues with the revolutionary MonaLisa Touch® laser. If you are having symptoms due to aging, low hormones, chemotherapy, surgery or other reasons, if you live in or near Toronto, compassionate, knowledgeable support is just an appointment away. Book your MonaLisa Touch consultation online or call the supportive Open Arms staff today.

MonaLisa Touch Q & A


What is the MonaLisa Touch Vaginal Laser?

Is this Vaginal Rejuvenation? No, this is not vaginal rejuvenation but rather Health Canada’s only approved laser for the specific treatment of Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM), previously known as Vulvo-Vaginal atrophy. MonaLisa Touch is a completely non-hormonal and non-surgical office treatment that returns the vaginal tissue to a morepre-menopausal state.

In menopause, the collagen and elastin within the vaginal tissues decline, the lining thins and secretes less fluid, and the pH becomes more alkaline. All these changes can lead to painful sexual activity (dyspareunia) as well as increased susceptibility to infections and urinary problems, collectively known as Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause. MonaLisa Touch is a completely hormone free solution to these problems.

  • Restores normal moisture and lubrication
  • Relieves vaginal burning, itching and pain
  • Improves elasticity of the vagina
  • Allows couples to resume pleasurable intimacy.
  • Suitable for people who choose not to use hormones
  • May improve mild urinary incontinence
  • May improve urgency, frequency and recurrent urinary tract infections associated with GSM.


Why don’t I enjoy sexual activity anymore? Why is it painful?

One consequence of aging and menopause is that the levels of the hormone estrogen in your body drop. Estrogen is responsible for keeping your vaginal and vulvar tissues hydrated and nourished. Other conditions that may diminish your levels of circulating estrogen or affect the skin of the vulvar/vagina include:

  • Chemotherapy and radiation
  • Breastfeeding
  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Pain disorders such as vestibulodynia

Low hormones and aging cause skin to lose its stores of collagen and elastin, which keep it firm and pliable. Thinner skin is more susceptible to damage, irritation, and infection. 

Your vaginal walls may also be unable to create the lubricating moisture that you need to reduce the friction of sexual activity. Your OB/GYN may refer to this condition as “vaginal atrophy.”

How does MonaLisa Touch treat vaginal dryness, burning and painful sexual activity?

MonaLisa Touch is a CO2 laser that delivers regular pulses of heat in a 360-degree radius when inserted through a guide into your vagina. The heat creates micro-wounds in your vaginal walls that your body repairs by stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin.

What are some of the benefits of MonaLisa Touch?

MonaLisa Touch rejuvenates all of the tissues in your urogenital region. With the MonaLisa Touch therapy, you can experience some benefits such as:

  • More lubrication
  • Less or no pain during sexual activity
  • Less itchiness, dryness, or discomfort
  • Better tone and elasticity to the vagina
  • Improved resistance to urinary and vaginal infections
  • Less mild urinary incontinence
  • Less frequent urinary urges

How long does the MonaLisa Touch treatment take to work?

Each MonaLisa Touch treatment only takes a few minutes. The procedure is pain-free and requires no anesthetics or medication. We apply a numbing cream to the outside of the vulva before the procedure.

You may start to see an improvement in tone and relief from dryness and itching in just one session. However, you need at least three treatment sessions to get optimal relief. The laser’s benefits last for 12-18 months, at which time your Open Arms OB/GYN recommends a touch-up treatment.

Feel like yourself again by booking a MonaLisa Touch appointment at Open Arms OB/GYN online or over the phone today.