Some new gray hairs on your head or a few fine lines at the corners of your eyes are the kinds of physical changes you expect to deal with over time. However, when changes happen "down there," you might be caught off guard.
While changes to the vagina are most common after childbirth and menopause, you can experience thinning and laxity of the vaginal muscles and tissues no matter your stage in life. These changes may happen so gradually that you don’t even notice them until you start having serious problems, like vaginal dryness, frequent infections, and painful sex.
Such unexpected and unwelcome turns create discomfort and disrupt your daily life, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Thankfully, treatments are available to resolve these issues and get you back to enjoying life to the fullest, including ThermiVA, a high-tech solution available here at Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center in Beverly Hills, CA.
Vaginal dryness has many causes; a major one being a decrease in estrogen levels. Estrogen is needed to keep the vaginal tissues thick and elastic, but as you get older, your ovaries slow down estrogen production. The resultant thinning contributes to vaginal dryness.
Dryness is a problem. Without the normal amount of moisture, you can experience pain when you sit, exercise, or urinate. You might also feel a burning, chafing, or itching sensation as you go about your day, which detracts from your overall sense of well-being.
Other causes of dryness include breastfeeding, smoking, and douching. The use of certain medications, like drugs used to treat depression or allergies and colds, can cause dryness, too. Perimenopause, childbirth, and surgical removal of the ovaries can also lead to a lack of natural lubrication. Another culprit is an autoimmune disorder called Sjogren’s syndrome where the body’s defenses attack lubrication-producing glands.
Regardless of its cause, dryness of the feminine tissues can negatively impact your sex life and alter your relationship with your partner. Without the natural layer of lubrication that the structures of the vagina normally have, sexual intercourse can feel uncomfortable and even painful.
One in three women will experience dryness at some point in their lives, and that number goes up in the post-menopause years. However, just because it's common doesn’t mean that you have to live with distress; treatments are available. Depending on the causes of your vaginal dryness and discomfort, various remedies are available. This may include hormonal therapy and/or a vaginal rejuvenation therapy procedure.
With symptoms like burning, itching, and unpleasant discharge, experiencing just one vaginal infection during your life feels like one too many! It is easy to understand that if you start to develop frequent infections, your enjoyment of life can really go down.
The vagina maintains a pH balance that keeps you healthy down below. Just like in the rest of the body, various bacteria are present in the vagina of a healthy woman. Some types of bacteria are considered good, like lactobacilli, and they help maintain a healthy pH that prevents bad bacteria and yeast from taking over and causing those unbearable symptoms.
A healthy balance in the vagina can become disrupted by a number of things:
Thinning of the vaginal walls also contributes to frequent infections since the normal amount of lubrication containing good bacteria isn’t there. It is easier for thin and dry vaginal walls to get irritated and out of balance, setting the stage for frequent infections. You might experience these three most common infections more often: urinary tract infections, also known as UTIs, yeast infections, and vaginitis.
Signs of an infection include discharge that has an abnormal color or smell; an itching, burning, or chafing sensation, possibly occurring only during urination; and discharge that is clumpy instead of clear and smooth. You might also feel a constant need to urinate, even after you have just gone.
If you experience frequent infections, you’re probably tired of medications, creams, and even antibiotics to treat them. In some cases, you may be able to treat the source of the problem, such as vaginal laxity and dryness. It’s important to have a full evaluation to determine the cause of your recurrent infections, allowing providers to recommend the best treatments for your needs.
Sex should be enjoyable. If intercourse becomes painful, it can have profound effects emotionally and physically, and it may create challenges in your relationship. This type of pain can even make pelvic exams painful, causing you to put off important checkups with your doctor.
Intercourse or other sexual activity can be painful when there is not enough lubrication present. Typically, the walls of the vagina produce enough natural lubricant that penetration does not hurt. If you’re not experiencing sufficient lubrication, even during arousal, there could be a number of causes:
Women who experience pain during intercourse tend to have sex less often. Strangely, this can make the problem worse; the phrase "use it or lose it" applies. Sexual activity helps maintain the elasticity of the vagina. If you don't have sex for long periods of time, you can experience structural changes in the vagina that make having intercourse painful.
Some other potential causes of pain during sexual intercourse include:
As you can see, pain during intercourse may have many underlying causes, but effective treatments are available to restore your ability to enjoy sex again. Preferred treatments depend upon the root cause of your symptoms.
ThermiVA uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to stimulate collagen production in the feminine tissues. This gentle, non-surgical treatment reduces vaginal discomfort by stimulating the structures that create moisture inside the vagina. It’s this lack of moisture that leads to problems with discomfort, frequent infections, and painful intercourse. ThermiVA is designed to enhance your body's ability to produce natural lubrication and reduce all the problems caused by dryness.
During ThermiVA treatments, a thin, slightly curved wand is used inside and outside the vagina. You’ll feel a warming sensation during your treatment as the device emits RF energy to stimulate and tighten the vaginal and/or labial tissue. The device, about the width of a woman’s index finger, is designed for comfort during application in our professional environment. Also, each ThermiVA wand is exclusive/unique to each patient during each visit, so you can trust it is safe and sanitized.
After a successful course of treatments (usually three treatments for a full course), you can reduce or eliminate the use of impractical lubricant gels and look forward to fewer dryness-related yeast infections. You may see your desired results after three brief sessions conducted once a month. The ThermiVA procedure is pain-free, and you can return to your normal activities immediately after your appointment.
Figuring out exactly what is causing dryness, pain, discomfort, and/or frequent infections takes investigation. Not all of these conditions can be resolved with ThermiVA depending on the underlying cause. Discuss ThermiVa during a consultation to find out if you’re a good candidate.
Women who seek out ThermiVA appreciate the bonus results they experience. ThermiVA has been shown to provide vaginal rejuvenation effects as a result of enhanced blood flow and collagen stimulation. Vaginal rejuvenation changes the look and feel of the vagina; you will leave your sessions feeling like a new woman.
Individual results from ThermiVA may vary depending on a variety of factors such as age, number of treatments, estrogen levels, and other things that affect the collagen production in vaginal tissues. However, some of the bonus benefits you may look forward to after your ThermiVA treatment sessions include:
Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center in Beverly Hills specializes in top-quality, noninvasive anti-aging treatments in Los Angeles. You’ll receive customized ThermiVA treatment in a welcoming, relaxing, and private setting.
The all-female team of medical specialists, including physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners, will make you feel comfortable and well-cared for. Lasky Aesthetics & Laser Center was co-founded by a plastic surgeon who performs vaginal surgeries, including labiaplasty, so you can be confident that you're receiving care in a compassionate and knowledgeable practice.
You do not have to live with the negative effects of vaginal discomfort. Contact Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center to book a consultation for ThermiVA in Beverly Hills today and find out if this high-tech solution is right for you.« Back to Articles & Tips