Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in women is a prevalent disease worldwide. Of these women, 20-30% will experience recurrent UTIs, as defined by “three of more episodes of UTI during a 12-month period or two or more within 6 months”. The prevalence of UTI increases with age. The underlying pathophysiology behind this is chronic estrogen deficiency results in atrophic changes of the vagina. This leads to very fragile tissues and often a discharge that can predispose one to the development of bladder infections.
Fractional CO2 lasers, when applied to the vaginal lining, restores the natural lubricated vaginal microenvironment & also restores the commensal lactobacillus colonisation, allowing for the re-establishment of the natural protective acidic pH environment within the vagina.