FDA warning on vaginal laser procedures should emphasize informed choices, not fear

On July 30th, the FDA sent out a stern warning against the use of energy devices (laser therapy) to perform “vaginal rejuvenation,” and for procedures to treat symptoms related to sexual function, because of worries about adverse events. I agree with the FDA that these devices need more study, clear indications, informed patients, and skilled and ethical physicians to be used safely. However, I have concerns that the FDA, in an overabundance of caution, may limit availability of innovative therapies, which when used correctly may benefit women’s reproductive health. In addition, press coverage is causing confusion about the different procedures. Genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) The North American Menopause Society and International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health recently introduced the term genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) to describe the constellation of signs and symptoms associated with decreased estrogen and other hormones at the time of menopause. This syndrome affects approximately 50% of menopausal women and can cause vaginal dryness, itching, irritation, discharge, and painful sex. Vulvovaginal atrophy often worsens over time when it is not treated, unlike hot flashes that usually go away within a few years. Over 90% of women do not seek treatment for vaginal dryness and painful intercourse because of stigma, embarrassment, or doubt that there are safe therapies to help. Standard treatments for GSM fall short f...
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