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Official study title: Effect of microablative CO2 laser therapy on the vaginal and urinary bacterial and fungal microbiota of postmenopausal women with genitourinary syndrome of menopause
Description: The purpose of this study is to confirm and better understand the effects of microablative CO2 laser therapy in treating symptoms and signs of genitourinary symptoms of menopause “GSM” and to study the effects of this treatment on the bacteria and fungi found in the bladder and vagina. We plan to accomplish this by asking women who have already chosen vaginal laser therapy as a clinical treatment for their GSM symptoms.
Basic information: Patients will receive laser therapy according to standard procedure for this treatment, receiving three treatments spaced 6 weeks apart, and follow-up appointments at 6 and 12 months. Patients will receive an exam, swabs, and be asked to take surveys. Patients must meet the following criteria:
Chad Z. Baxter, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of UCLA Urology