Vaginal health and age
Estrogen deficiency leads to a variety of physical changes of the vulva, vagina, and lower urinary tract, associated with vaginal dryness, burning, irritation, lack of lubrication, painful intercourse, as well as urinary symptoms of urgency, painful urination, and urinary tract infections. Vaginal discomfort and urinary incontinence can also occur in pre-menopause and after child birth. These symptoms are chronic in nature and may worsen with time jeopardizing sexual function and the quality of life. Local estrogen treatment may be effective to treat vaginal changes, however, the data on its safety particularly in women with personal history of estrogen-dependent tumors are lacking. Laser vaginal rejuvenation has been shown to be effective and safe in treating the troublesome vaginal and urinary conditions of menopause, increase sexual function, and improve the quality of life.
Laser vaginal treatment, how it works
The CO2 fractional laser gently and painlessly acts on the vaginal walls through a special scanner. This action creates indistinguishable micro-lesions that are required for production of new collagen which reorganizes and re-equilibrates the components of the vaginal mucosa and the urogenital structures.
A tissue regeneration process lasting numerous weeks is triggered with each laser treatment. Significant improvements can be seen even after the first treatment: the vaginal mucosa becomes more nourished and hydrated and the epithelium becomes thicker, more toned and elastic. The correct vaginal pH becomes reestablished, which helps maintain its natural protective barrier and reduces the risk of infection. Enhanced vaginal tissues at the urethral opening may improve incontinence and sexual function. However, laser vaginal rejuvenation in itself cannot guarantee a heightened sexual response, since desire, arousal, and orgasm are complex, highly personal responses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any risks?
There are some minimal risks. Most women report temporary side effects, slight redness or swelling. This discomfort that usually disappears in few days.
How many treatments are recommended?
For best results, we recommend 2-3 treatments 4-6 weeks apart followed by one treatment annually.
How long do the effects of the treatment last?
The results are immediate, even after the first treatment and improve over subsequent months. The regeneration process that it triggers may fade overtime, when it may be advisable to repeat the treatment.
What do patients experience during treatment?
Patients may experience a slight pressure against vaginal wall and increased sensitivity near the vaginal opening.
How is the recovery?
Most women report slight localized discomfort following the laser treatment and during the first few days after the session. Usually, ladies are able to resume their normal routine after 1 -3 days.
When can I resume sexual activity?
Intercourse should be avoided in the first 3-4 days after the treatment.
Laser vaginal treatment can be combined with labioplasty. Labioplasty changes the size or shape of the labia, typically making them smaller or correcting an asymmetry between them.