Life-Changing Secrets Every Menopausal Women Should Know

Dr. Diana Jaime’s , comfort and self-confidence has been restored after receiving the non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation procedure with Dr. Francisco Garcini.

For two years, New Lenox resident and internal medicine physician, Dr. Diana Jaime, suffered with increasing vaginal discomfort due to dryness. Simply wearing jeans or driving a car for a while would cause her to experience more symptoms. Dealing with menopause goes beyond hot flashes, it interferes with your activities and family time. For Diana, bike rides and zumba classes were off her to do list. Her discomfort was due to severe vaginal dryness. She tried water-based lubricants and low dose hormonal creams, but found no relief. Unfortunately, she was not a candidate to take oral hormones since this type of medication caused her blood to clot. After trying what she thought were the only options to get relief for menopausal dryness, she figured she would just have to live with it. Then her life dramatically improved after talking with a girlfriend. Her friend suggested she see Dr. Francisco Garcini who could help her find relief through a new non-surgical procedure called vaginal rejuvenation.

“I am so glad that I decided not to suffer in silence anymore and talk with my friend. I’m so thankful for her suggestion, and I am forever grateful to Dr. Garcini for changing my quality of life through the vaginal rejuvenation procedure,” said 52-year-old Dr. Diana Jaime. “Immediately after my first treatment session, the dryness was gone and the increased vaginal moistness soothed my genital area eliminating any discomfort.”

What is Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Vaginal Rejuvenation is a non-surgical procedure that uses a flat probe to deliver controlled thermal energy to the external and internal vaginal tissues. It is performed in three separate treatments over a series of three months with results after the first treatment.

“Vaginal rejuvenation is a procedure involving the tightening of the soft tissues of the vagina and vulva,” said Francisco Garcini, M.D., Ph.D., who is Co-Director of the Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology at Silver Cross Hospital. “My patients have had positive outcomes after each vaginal rejuvenation session. This life-changing procedure can improve some of the effects of child birth, aging, and menopause. For those cases where these effects are present in a more severe fashion, a surgical repair may be indicated.”

Dr. Jaime knows she is not the only woman going through menopause that is experiencing severe vaginal dryness. “I want to share my experience so other women can learn about the vaginal rejuvenation procedure and no longer suffer. I now can wear jeans, ride a bike and enjoy intercourse without any discomfort. This procedure has allowed me to project more self-confidence and live my life to the fullest!”

Free Lecture

Join Dr. Francisco Garcini, board certified gynecologist, Co-Director of the Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology at Silver Cross Hospital for wellness discussion about Restoring Your Vaginal Youth—the Surgical and Non-Surgical Approach. This free program will be held Thursday, April 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd.,New Lenox. Register to attend at 1-888-660-HEAL (4325)

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Nutritional Needs at the Start of Pregnancy

Are you pregnant or planning to be? You’ll need antenatal vitamins; the same goes if you’re breastfeeding.

Antenatal vitamins are specially formulated vitamins that include supplements like vitamin D and folic acid. Unfortunately, healthy eating is not enough to achieve the daily recommended requirements for antenatal vitamins in pregnant, pregnant-to-be or nursing women.

Folic acid is an essential nutrient that aids in proper development of the baby, particularly in the areas of the spinal cord and brain. Deficiency may result in birth defects like spina bifida.

For women planning to get pregnant, it is highly recommended that they take 400 mg of folic acid every day prior to conception. This should continue through the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Women who have not started taking folic acid should do so as soon as possible before they get started on the pregnancy.

There are certain women whose babies are at a higher risk of spina bifida and similar birth defects. A higher dose of folic acid is advisable. Wondering who is at risk for neural tube defects?

  • Women who previously had a baby with this birth defect
  • Women with male partners with a family history of neural tube defects
  • Diabetic or obese women (or those with a BMI over 30)

Women under epilepsy medication will need to consult their doctor if they need a higher dose of folic acid. For those expecting twins, the same folic acid dose may be taken as those expecting a single child, unless otherwise advised by their doctor.

Vitamin D is also an essential nutrient prior to or during pregnancy or while nursing. It is crucial for the development of healthy bones and teeth. Deficiency can lead to complications like pregnancy diabetes, preeclampsia and low birth weight.


Our Services

  • Abnormal PAP
  • Permanent Contraception
  • Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
  • Heavy, Painful Periods
  • Pelvic Pain & Bladder Problems
  • Menopause
  • Robotic Surgery

Abnormal PAP

The Pap test is an important part of our well-woman exams because it's the best way to detect changes in the cervix that could indicate cervical cancer. For the majority of women, the Pap test comes back normal. Even when the test does indicate a problem, often the cause is inflammation of the cervix or a vaginal infection, but you still need timely follow-up care.

Permanent Contraception

When you are done having children, Essure is the most effective permanent birth control available (even more effective than tying your tubes). Besides being surgery-free and hormone-free, Essure is performed in as little as 10 minutes with no slowing down to recover so you can get back to your family right away. Discover why women don't just depend on Essure, they love Essure.

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

If there is ever a time when you need gynecologic surgery, it's good to know that there are now minimally invasive surgical solutions for most gynecologic problems. Dr. Garcini now performs 90% of his surgeries using these techniques. The reason is simple. These surgical solutions require either tiny incisions or no incisions at all. There is less pain for the patient, much shorter recovery times, less blood loss and far fewer complications - exactly what Dr. Garcini wants for all of his patients..

Heavy, Painful Periods

If heavy, painful menstrual cycles cause you to miss work or social activities every month, please talk with Dr. Garcini. He is a board-certified gynecology doctor with 17 years of experience evaluating and treating this common and very treatable health problem.

Pelvic Pain & Bladder Problems

Chronic pelvic pain not only hurts, it can be a major source of worry and keep you from leading a normal, fulfilling life. Even if you've been told that nothing can be done about your pelvic pain, we encourage you to schedule a visit. Our board-certified gynecology doctor, Francisco J. Garcini, MD, has 17 years of experience diagnosing and treating pelvic pain. He offers comprehensive testing, including in-office gynecologic ultrasound, to diagnose the cause of your pelvic pain. He will investigate your medical history and listen to you about your symptoms, previous treatments and anything else about your life that may be related.


Menopause is a retrospective diagnosis. It is defined as the time when 12 consecutive months have passed since your last period, and it is a biological process that is characterized by a series of events that can start as early as your late 30s and last into your 50s and 60s. Physiologically, menopause is caused by the gradual decline in the production of estrogen by the aging ovaries. This state of estrogen deprivation is associated with hormonal, physical and psychological changes in your life; however, it is not the end of your youth or sexuality.

Robotic Surgery

Dr. Garcini is skilled and experienced with total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH). With TLH or the single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), you can expect a much faster, easier recovery and less postoperative pain than with other approaches. Robotic da Vinci hysterectomy is the latest method that brings 21st-century computer precision to the procedure. The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System® is widely touted as today's most effective, least invasive surgical treatment option - an effective alternative to traditional open surgery. For you, that means improved precision, significantly less pain and a faster return to normal daily activities.