Women make up more than half of the Canadian population, yet when it comes to having candid conversations about issues that uniquely impact women’s lives, we’re still coming up woefully short.

One of those issues is menopause and the many, many ways women’s bodies change during this period of of their lives. It can be a confusing and isolating time to navigate, especially if they feel like they don’t have the best information and tools to help them handle it. We pay so much attention to our general health, diet and skincare regimens—shouldn’t the same care go toward our intimate health?

For those dealing with genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), help is at hand. If you don’t already know, GSM, sometimes referred to as “vaginal atrophy,” occurs in many women as a result of thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls. This typically happens when the body has less estrogen, which is why it most commonly occurs after menopause—in fact, somewhere between 27 and 84 percent of postmenopausal women experience GSM.

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The good news is that GSM is a perfectly normal thing to go through. But its many symptoms can create a lot of frustration and discomfort. These symptoms include vaginal dryness, vaginal burning, vaginal discharge, genital itching, burning with urination, urgency with urination, frequent urination, recurring UTIs, urinary incontinence, discomfort with intercourse, decreased vaginal lubrication during sexual activity and the shortening and tightening of the vaginal canal.

But you don’t have to suffer in silence—most GSM symptoms are both manageable and treatable. Enter diVa, an approved evidence-based therapy in Canada for women with symptoms of GSM. Part of medical- and aesthetic-tech company Sciton’s customizable and multi-use Joule laser system, diVa uses safe laser technology to resurface superficial vaginal tissue, alleviating GSM symptoms.

The treatment prioritizes women’s intimate health and restores the confidence that may be lost when struggling with GSM. It’s easy too. According to clinical data, you’ll need to have three diVa treatments—which last just a few minutes—spaced out by four to six weeks followed by optional yearly maintenance treatments, and you’ll start noticing a difference in your symptoms after just one treatment. DiVa is fast and effective, it requires no downtime and it will also help improve your sexual health.

It’s time to take your intimate health into your own hands. If you think you may be experiencing GSM or want to learn more about diVa, talk to your doctor and check out a full list of health-care practitioners who offer the treatment at sciton.com.