Home' Clinical Aesthetics : CA issue 7 Contents Oneof the many great things about The Jade Room is that
it was born entirely from personal experience and an
awareness of a real need for the treatment they prov ide.
In  business founder Sarah Korbel was diagnosed with
breast cancer and, following a bilateral mastectomy and the
removal of her ovaries, Sarah was plunged into early menopause.
Due to the nature of her cancer, Sarah was unable to take HRT
or other hormone based treatments and was left to struggle with
severe symptoms such as vaginal atrophy and hot flushes and
night sweat s.
Fellow business founder, Dr Sally Lyttleton, was and is Sarah’s
GP. Sally recommended that Sarah take part in a trial of the Mona
Lisa Touch Laser System that was being undertaken at the Royal
Women’s Hospital in Randwick. In Sarah’s words the treatment
“changed her life” – meaning that the treatment returned a level of
normality and sexual function and prov ided real respite from her
The experience prompted Sarah, together with Sally and
business woman Stephanie Belton, to start The Jade Room, a
medical clinic providing vaginal regeneration treatments and
advice and support in the area of vaginal health. The clinic is
situated in the Doctors on Darling surgery rooms in Balmain,
Sydney, and staffed entirely by female medical practitioners. No
referral is required prior to treatment.
The vaginal regeneration treatment can:
• Treat vaginal atrophy (the thinning and drying of vaginal tissue
due to lack of estrogen)
• Improve sexual function;
• Reduce vaginal dryness;
• Tighten the vagina and vulva and reduce vaginal laxity;
• Improve stress urinary incontinence or weak bladder;
• Reduce vaginal burning sensation and/or itching;
• Alleviate painful sexual intercourse and dyspareunia;
• Normalise vaginal flora and reduce infection
The Jade Room regeneration process involves an intra vaginal
laser treatment which delivers a precise amount of heat to the
vaginal walls and tissues. The treatment stimulates new collagen
and elastic fibre production and improves blood flow. In addition,
CO2 fractionated laser stimulates new cell production, effectively
increasing protein, fibre, water, and blood supply within connective
tissue and restoring fullness, moisture and elasticity to surface and
deep vaginal tissues.
Many of the sy mptoms of vaginal thinning and atrophy such
as dryness, irritation, painful intercourse and fissuring, may be
significantly reduced or even disappear with minimal treatment
side effects or discomfort.
The treatment itself is five minutes of laser light applied to the
vagina via an inserted probe. For most women, this is experienced
as a sensation of slight warmth or vibration.
A complete course of treatment involves 3 separate laser
treatments administered approximately four to six weeks apart.
Although benefits may be felt after the first or second treatment,
the full course of three treatments is required for optimal benefit.
After 12 months, a further single top-up treatment may be useful.
The Jade Room has been open for business for half a year and
Sarah and her team have learned many things through talking to
their patients and to many other women keen to learn about ways to
treat the sy mptoms of menopause.
WHAT THE TEAM HAS LEARNED SO FAR
• Most pre-menopausal women know ver y little about what to expect
• Most women are heavily impacted by society’s view of menopause
– i.e. that it signifies the end of a women’s sexuality, that the pain
and discomfort of menopause are inevitable and that it is really
not a subject that anyone wants to talk about;
• Many sources of advice on menopause and sexual function focus
on the need to maintain sexual function for the benefit of a
partner or a relationship – rather than for the primary benefit of
the woman in question;
• Many menopausal and post-menopausal women have or had
severe symptoms including dryness and loss of sexual function
and all would choose to treat these symptoms if a safe and
effective solution was available;
• A significant proportion of women suffer from stress incontinence
– u s u ally but not always, following child birth. Again, many
women are advised that this is an inevitable part of having
children and is something that must simply be endured;
• Whilst many women are comfortable seeking cosmetic treatments
for their face, the vagina is a different story. If you are not in the
market for a “designer vagina” but are truly suffering from stress
incontinence or the symptoms of menopause, you want a safe
and effective medical procedure administered by a healthcare
professional that you can talk to.
WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN
As long as society tells a woman that menopause is the beginning
of the end of her sexuality, we can’t expect women to be open and
comfortable about discussing it. As long as society tells women that
the majority of them suffer from stress incontinence but offers only
methods of dealing with it rather than treating it, they are unlikely
to seek effective treatment.
So, the story has to be taken to them. The key aim for 2018 is to
expand The Jade Room’s discussion groups and forums prov iding
information and advice around menopause, stress incontinence and
vaginal health. They want to persuade women of the importance of
seeking and obtaining treatment and of maximising their health,
wellbeing and sexual function for their whole lives. The treatment
of sexual dysfunction in ageing men is a $3 billion industry. Should
the treatment of women be any different?
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