MonaLisa Touch Specialist

Elizabeth A. Eden, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Gynecologist located in Sutton Place and Midtown East, New York, NY

MonaLisa Touch Q & A

MonaLisa Touch is a laser technology that helps women with vaginal atrophy due to menopause and other significant hormonal changes. The procedure is pain-free, effective, and safe. MonaLisa Touch is a noninvasive way to help women maintain/restore a healthy, pleasurable sex life and daily comfort level.

As you experience hormonal changes during menopause or after childbirth, your estrogen levels drop. This causes the tissue in the vulvar and vaginal areas to thin, becoming overly sensitive, dry, and uncomfortable. MonaLisa Touch® revitalizes the tissue, offering a solution to problems that include:

  • Painful Intercourse
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Mild Urinary Incontinence
  • Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections 
  • Vulvar/Vaginal Itching, Burning, Discomfort
  • Lichen Sclerosus

Dr. Eden is experienced in MonaLisa Touch® applications. She evaluates your particular complaints and offers a customized plan to help you overcome vulvar/vaginal symptoms and restore genitourinary health.

The procedure is an alternative for women who either cannot be or choose not to be on hormone replacement therapy. MonaLisa Touch® can also complement hormone therapy to increase lubrication and suppleness of the vaginal walls.

A MonaLisa Touch® treatment lasts just a few minutes — appointments are short. You don’t need any sedation or anesthesia. A numbing cream is often applied 15 minutes prior to the procedure in the office. As you lie on an exam table, much like you do for an annual exam, Dr. Eden inserts a sterile vaginal probe into your vagina. The probe delivers gentle heat energy to internal and external tissue.

You feel slight heat and tingling during the session, but patients describe it as comfortable.The laser energy stimulates the production of collagen, a skin-strengthening protein your body produces naturally. MonaLisa Touch® also boosts circulation by promoting the growth of new blood vessels, so delivery of nutrients and oxygen improves. Most women benefit from a series of treatments; Dr. Eden usually suggests three sessions spaced four to six weeks apart for optimal results.

While many patients notice improvement after the first session, the optimal effects are achieved after all three sessions. Dr. Eden helps you understand what to look for after treatment and answers any questions you may have regarding treatment effects.

You can go right back to work or other daily activities after a MonaLisa Touch® treatment. You should refrain from intercourse or insertion of a tampon (or anything else) into your vagina for about two days post-treatment.

Call the office to schedule an appointment for a consultation.


5 Stars
Dr. Eden has been following my care for over three years. I'm so grateful for her wonderful care. Not only has she been absolutely clear and thorough, professional and punctual; she is also warm and kind, generous and thoughtful. She has help me weather, with grace, many changes that my body has undergone during peri-menopause and menopause. I am always armed with all the information I need to make decisions and choices about my gynecological health. (Frankly, I often have much to share with my close friends on this score simply because their doctors are not nearly as clear and thorough with them. Through Dr. Eden, I'm simply better educated about what's happening in my body than most women in their forties and fifties. There is much to know and it's so great to have a doctor willing to spend the time to explain it fully and field your questions.) I also have to share that I'm forever grateful that Dr. Eden encouraged me to try MonaLisa Touch. The complications I was having due to changes in my body chemistry were making sex miserable for me or just impossible. MonaLisa Touch was literally a miraculous cure! It's an investment I'm so delighted I made and so glad she encouraged me to try it. No meds. No hormones. No messy creams. It's a miracle. It's clear to me that my comfort and the enjoyment of my life and a sense of vitality in my life and work and marriage have been of primary concern to Dr. Eden. My annual exams have become a touchstone for my health overall because Dr. Eden follows your health in such a comprehensive way. She is practicing real medicine and frankly, in many ways, she stands alone for the care she gives. I have been so impressed with the care I've received over the years and I think it's truly rare to find a physician as deeply skilled. - KC

5 stars
Nine months ago I was diagnosed with lichen sclerosus, a condition I had never heard of, but which can cause painful sex, scarring, and an increased cancer risk. It was spotted by a physical therapist that I was visiting to try to deal with painful intercourse issues. Thankfully, she advised me to seek out a gynecologist that has a specialization in this condition because many doctors are completely ignorant about it. I was very fortunate that I found Dr. Eden, who has very successfully helped me to get this condition under control. She is a very intelligent, thoughtful, and sensitive doctor, and takes plenty of time to address all of my questions and concerns. She understands that women can be traumatized by years of painful sex, and is as gentle and unintrusive in her exams as possible. I am happy to say that following the course of therapy she has recommended has allowed me to resume normal sexual relations, which had become impossible due to the lichen sclerosus. It is a bit frustrating having to get insurance to reimburse me for appointment costs (they won't cover the laser treatments), but I think it is worth the cost and effort to have a doctor that I have so much confidence in. Highly recommend. - LB

Dr. Eden was recently featured on the Lichen Sclerosus Podcast discussing the condition and how she uses MonaLisa Touch to treat it.

Lichen Sclerosus Podcast: How To Get The Care You Deserve, NOW!