Topic: FDA Issues Warning on Vaginal Laser Treatment

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Posted on: Aug 9, 2018 05:09PM

Posted on: Aug 9, 2018 05:09PM

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FDA Issues Warning on Laser Treatment for Vaginal Atrophy and Other Menopausal Symptoms
August 9, 2018

On July 30, 2018, the FDA issued a warning about energy-based devices used to treat vaginal conditions and symptoms related to menopause, urinary incontinence, or sexual function. Read more...

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Dec 1, 2018 07:48PM Sue_in_California wrote:

This procedure was just recommended to me by a urologist, since using estrogen cream is not advisable because my cancer was ER+. Has anyone had laser vaginal rejuvenation, despite the FDA not approving it yet, and what were your results? I feel like I dont have other options available to me to resolve the discomfort I am experiencing.

Dx 1/2005, 3cm, Stage II, 3/11 nodes, ER+, HER2-
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Mar 18, 2021 07:59PM Ke-Ke wrote:

Here's an update on my research and decision.

I've decided to have the Mona Lisa laser treatment because the cancer pill (Anastrazole) has created very very very VERY painful sex. Lasers can reverse vaginal atrophy and after much research that my sister helped me with, I've chosen the Mona Lisa laser.

But here's a list of what I've done over the past 2 ½ years – I feel like I've tried absolutely every avenue with no real results.

  1. I've tried appx 16 oncologist-approved moisturizers, creams, suppositories, etc. Most of that research I had to do myself and run the ingredients by the oncologists for approval. While these products are fine at keeping things moisturized, none of them were able to provide relief from painful sex.
  2. Research led me to the very best lube on the market (Astroglide gel, specifically gel), so that's good, but it doesn't provide relief from painful sex.
  3. I've read millions of articles about breast cancer + the cancer pill + painful sex
  4. Being active on has been helpful since many of you have had the Mona Lisa say "it worked and it wasn't an uncomfortable procedure"
  5. I interviewed 4 gynos, all who use different lasers. There are different types of lasers as well, and many many different brands. (My own gyno has a laser that treats prolapsed vaginas, but not vaginal atrophy)
  6. My 4th and final interview was with a doctor who uses the Mona Lisa and in fact has used it herself because she's post menopausal and had painful sex. She was nice enough to prescribe me Valium for each procedure. I asked for it!

So although I'm not physically looking forward to the procedure, hopefully it will be "fine" and we'll see results soon.

I will keep ya'll informed of how it goes!

HER2+ Breast Cancer, chemo, radiation, lumpectomy, anastrozole. Malignant neoplasm of upper-outer quadrant of right breast in female, estrogen receptor positive. HER2-positive carcinoma of breast
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Mar 22, 2021 09:08PM sbelizabeth wrote:

My gyno purchased a FemiLift laser, and having been involved from the beginning with my breast cancer treatment, she very kindly offered me free treatment with her new laser. I wish I could say it really changed things, but I really can't tell any difference in the way my lady bits feel or function. I still get UTIs and sex is still painful.

The laser treatments were a tiny bit uncomfortable but no big deal. I certainly wouldn't have needed sedation for them, but I know we're all different.

What helps with painful sex is 4% lidocaine, either liquid or gel, bought by prescription. Place a small amount in a shot glass and soak a cotton ball in the lidocaine. Put the soaking wet cotton ball in the lower vagina for a couple of minutes. Sex won't hurt. But be careful...lidocaine on the clitoris means a numb clitoris and no orgasm.

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC/IBC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 6/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/15/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/18/2012 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left) Radiation Therapy 5/21/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2012 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/15/2013 Reconstruction (Left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (Right): DIEP flap
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Apr 19, 2021 10:04AM - edited Apr 19, 2021 10:05AM by Elle2111


Elizabeth,I think I read in another thread that you ordered a product called “Revaree."

It is being recommended on Sloan Kettering's website & I plan to ask my doctor about it.

In the meantime, can you please share your experience?

Many thanks, Ell

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Apr 19, 2021 11:04AM cowgirl13 wrote:

Hi Elle2111, I didn't order Revaree. Hope you can connect with someone who has experience with this.

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says: 'Oh crap! She's up! Dx 5/28/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/17/2009 Chemotherapy 8/3/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/23/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 14, 2022 03:08PM RoxiePips wrote:

I have been using Revaree. It helps with moisture but I still need additional lubrication at the vaginal opening. Intercourse remains too painful.

I have an appointment next week with my GYN to talk about laser treatment. Sigh...

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