Exciting New Vaginal Health Service Available at the Raby Institute 

older womanMillions of women across the United States suffer from vaginal atrophy--painful thinning, drying, and inflammation of the vaginal walls. These changes happen after hormonal changes in the body due to menopause, and they can make intercourse painful as well as cause urination issues.


But it isn't all doom and gloom. With the FDA's approval this past December, a new, non-hormonal treatment is available to combat vaginal atrophy-and we're happy to now offer it at the Raby Institute in Chicago.


"The MonaLisa Touch is an innovative, extremely effective treatment," says Integrative Gynecologist Katherine A. Thurer, MD.


The Raby Institute is one of only four medical offices in Chicago to offer the innovative laser treatment. In two separate open houses-Oct. 1 and Nov. 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Raby Institute, 500 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago-Dr. Thurer will speak about the procedure. A representative from the company that makes the laser will also be available to answer questions. Attendees will have a chance to sign up for treatment at discounted rates.


Dr. Thurer will perform the procedure beginning this month. She says, "Now we have something else in our armament besides hormones, which work for some people but not others. This new approach goes with our mission of healing ourselves."


The MonaLisa Touch uses CO2 laser energy to promote vaginal wall health by stimulating collagen. This is especially beneficial for women who have:

  • gone through menopause-50% of 64 million post-menopausal women have adverse changes to their gynecologic health
  • had a hysterectomy
  • had breast cancer 


Before and after images show a clear difference in the vaginal mucosa following treatment with the MonaLisa Touch. The increased epithelium and larger diameter of epithelial cells rich in glycogen restore metabolic balance and dynamics of the epithelium.

vaginal mucosa

The small laser works by penetrating laser energy into the layers of the vaginal wall and stimulating collagen revival.


Italian research and development company DEKA designed and produces the laser. At the Raby Institute, Dr. Thurer performs the minimally invasive procedure in the office-with no anesthesia necessary. Patients can expect virtually no pain or side effects from the three, five-minute laser sessions.


Learn more about MonaLisa Touch by watching this video. You can also hear from patients who have already undergone treatment.


Prior to undergoing the MonaLisa Touch procedure, each patient must have a routine pelvic exam with Dr. Thurer to determine if she is a candidate.


For more information, please attend one of the open houses on Oct. 1 or Nov. 11, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Raby Institute. The open houses are open to the public, referring physicians, and the media. Please RSVP by calling (312) 276-1212.



Click the links for more information on Integrative Gynecology or Dr. Thurer. To schedule an appointment, please call the Raby Institute at (312) 276-1212.

"Through the skill and intellect Dr. Raby brings to the healthcare profession it is clear that she continues to do research and study about the relationship between integrative medicine and traditional medicine."
- Raby Institute patient