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Using the Experiences and Perspectives of Women and Health Professionals to Translate Evidence into Practice

Description of Study

This research project is being conducted by RMIT University, the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (Monash University) and other partners. We are interested in the experiences of women with early or premature menopause. We would like to interview you to understand what it is like to be diagnosed with early or premature menopause, what the symptoms are like, what your experiences with health professionals have been like, how early or premature menopause has impacted on your health and general wellbeing, your relationships and fertility, and anything else you’d like to share about your experience. 

Based on information we gather from women with early or premature menopause, we will produce a Healthtalk Australia (healthtalkaustralia.org) website detailing women’s experiences, and providing downloadable resources to support women with early / premature menopause, including in relation to talking with their health professionals. 

Inclusion Criteria

  • Do you have early or premature menopause (menopause before age 45 or 40 years), or POI (premature / primary ovarian insufficiency), whether spontaneous or following medical treatment (e.g. chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgical removal of the ovaries)?
  • Are you 20 – 45 years of age?
  • Do you live in Victoria? 

Ethics Approval  

Monash University Human Research Ethics (2016-1429) 

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A Randomised Trial on MonaLisa Touch for Postmenopausal Vulvovaginal Symptoms

Description of Study

We are inviting eligible patients to be part of our MonaLisa Touch trial at the Royal Hospital for Women. 

MonaLisa TouchTM (MLT) is a new treatment for women with vulvovaginal symptoms that involves treatment of the vaginal lining with tiny pin-point laser applications with the aim of restoring the skin to a state similar to that prior to the menopause.

The aim of this trial is to examine the effectiveness of MLT for the treatment of vulvovaginal symptoms and provide high quality information to guide women with vulvovaginal symptoms as to their best treatment options.

If the study proves that MLT is a safe and effective treatment for vulvovaginal symptoms, all women in the placebo group will be offered MLT after the conclusion of the study. There will be no charge to any study participants for the MLT treatment.

Inclusion Criteria

Do you have post-menopausal patients suffering from:

  • Vaginal Dryness?
  • Vaginal Burning?
  • Vaginal itching?
  • Dyspareunia?
  • Dysuria? 

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