Everyone becomes acutely aware of the fact that their bodies change with age at one point or another. For many women, this comes with the birth of their first child. For others, it’s the changes that occur during menopause. These big milestones can cause significant changes in a woman’s body, some of which can be unwelcome. It can’t be understated how important the connection is between hormones and musculature. When these things go out of balance or change or are put under heavy stress, there can be some side effects that can disrupt your life in a variety of ways.
If you’ve had children and noticed a change or you’ve gradually noticed things have changed over the years, you may be interested in vaginal rejuvenation treatments. If you’re planning on asking your urogynecologist about this, you may be thinking it’s a cosmetic procedure only. While it’s true that is mainly a cosmetic surgery, it has real life practical applications that can benefit you beyond improving your confidence. The same conditions that may be making you self-conscious are also probably disrupting your life.
Vaginal rejuvenation can be performed in more than one way, so it’s important to explore the options. Let’s take a look at what vaginal rejuvenation addresses, how the body changes to necessitate treatment, and the difference between surgical and non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation. Only your urogynecologist can make the recommendation of which procedure would be the best to meet your individual needs.
What issues can vaginal rejuvenation address?
Vaginal rejuvenation addresses issues related to loosening and relaxation of the vaginal muscles that occur in most women over time for a variety of reasons. Childbirth is a major one and it accounts for many cases of urinary incontinence. Typically, when the pelvic muscles lose their strength, stress incontinence can develop. Many women experience this during and after pregnancy, only to see it get better over time with some strengthening exercises like Kegels. However, with age and multiple childbirths exercises alone aren’t enough.
Some of the symptoms you may be experiencing other than urinary incontinence include difficulty enjoying sex or reduced satisfaction and vaginal dryness. You may even experience a changing in the labia that may make you self-conscious. Aesthetically speaking, yes, a vaginal rejuvenation may make you more confident. But, there are practical applications as well such as reducing or stopping urinary incontinence, reversing uncomfortable dryness, and helping you get your sex life back which can improve your emotional health overall.
Why do these issues occur?
While childbirth is a major cause of these issues, it isn’t the only one. The first main category of causes involves intense strain or strain over long periods of time. So, chronic constipation issues can be a cause. Obesity may be another. It could even an unexpected side effect of chronic respiratory issues with severe coughing. More often than not, it’s simply age and hormonal changes. Estrogen helps support the musculature in the pelvic area. As the body produces less of it, especially following menopause, the muscles can weaken and are more susceptible to loosening. This is often why urinary incontinence comes about with age.
What are the different kinds of vaginal rejuvenation?
Vaginal rejuvenation can be a variety of procedures that look to accomplish the same goal. There are both surgical and non-surgical types. Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation can be performed with the ThermiVa system which uses concentrated energy over a period of three treatments to promote vaginal tightening. Concentrated radiofrequencies are administered to the treated area. The heat generated stimulates the tissue to essentially begin healing itself. This heat stimulates the body to produce more collagen, which is the protein the body produces to give skin its tightness and “youthful” appearance when discussing the face. The same concept applies here. The best part is ThermiVa requires no downtime or recovery and results are noticeable after the first session.
There is also the surgical option which is the vaginoplasty. This may be the better option for you depending on your goals, but your urogynecologist can give you more guidance based on your individual circumstance. A vaginoplasty has the same goals of tightening up the vagina, but because it is surgery it requires the use of anesthesia and recovery. It takes about a week before returning to work and up to six weeks to go back to normal activity including sex. You may also undergo a labiaplasty as well for further aesthetic enhancement.
If your sex life has suffered or you’re experiencing urinary incontinence, a vaginal rejuvenation procedure may be exactly what you’re looking for. You need a urogynecologist with the surgical experience to perform this kind of procedure. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. The team at UroGyn Specialists of Florida is here to provide you with the high quality, professional care you need to feel confident in your body again.