Laser danger: Doctors slam 'risky' therapy for vaginal atrophy

Oestrogen cream is still the gold standard, according to an MJA article that says patients should avoid lasers

Topical oestrogen is still the gold standard for treatment of vaginal atrophy because expensive, laser-based therapy lacks good evidence, two Queensland gynaecologists say.

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In a Medical Journal of Australia commentary, the pair have slammed the first published randomised controlled trial of CO2 laser treatment for genitourinary symptoms of menopause (GSM), which, they say, showed it worsened women’s pain.

Gynaecologist Dr Melissa Buttini, from the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, and urogynae­cologist Dr Christopher Maher,