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While medical professionals have openly discussed sexual dysfunction in men for over 20 years, female sexual dysfunction has largely been taboo. With enhanced focus on women’s health and the importance of feminine sexuality in healthcare, more remedies for female sexual dysfunction have emerged. These include medications, surgeries, and non-surgical procedural interventions, such as ThermiVa, available in our Los Angeles medical spa in Beverly Hills.

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Let’s break the silence and erase the taboo surrounding vaginal health and female sexual dysfunction. Women’s health matters, so let’s have a conversation to help empower you to take control of your health on your terms.

Common Symptoms of Female Sexual Dysfunction

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Women who live with sexual dysfunction experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • recurrent, persistent lack of sexual response
  • reduced sexual desire
  • failure to orgasm
  • pain during intercourse

While all women experience sexual dysfunction at some part of their lives for short periods of time, persistent, ongoing symptoms may indicate an underlying health concern or as a symptom of vaginal changes related to pregnancy, childbirth, aging, or menopause.

Causes of Female Sexual Dysfunction

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There are many physical causes of female sexual dysfunction. Female sexual dysfunction can be a side effect of medications, hormone imbalances, and even kidney failure and cancer. That is why sexual dysfunction should be discussed with your physician to determine any underlying causes.

If your sexual dysfunction symptoms are caused by an underlying medical condition, a side-effect of medications, or are related to psychological concerns, working with your gynecologist and primary care physician is most often recommended.

However, if your sexual dysfunction symptoms are caused by vaginal laxity caused by the natural aging process, menopause, pregnancy, and childbirth, your solution may be as simple as a non-surgical, non-laser, non-medication treatment series at our medical spa.

Female Sexual Dysfunction and the Natural Aging Process

As we age, collagen and elastin production slows, causing skin to loosen and sag. This is true of our faces and arms and, yes, even the vagina. The internal structure of the vagina can begin to break down due to age. Menopause also affects vaginal structure, causing looseness, irritation, dryness, and even pain and reduced sexual pleasure.

If you’re taking hormones for menopause, this may also help with sexual dysfunction. However, many women still experience unwanted symptoms, including lack of sexual arousal and being unable to climax during intercourse.

Pregnancy and Childbirth Related Sexual Dysfunction

During pregnancy, hormonal changes and the added weight of the expectant mother puts pressure on the pelvic floor. In some women, the vaginal structure is affected, even in women who don’t deliver vaginally. Childbirth, of course, can affect the vaginal structure. For some women, changes in the body during pregnancy can cause long-term symptoms that persist months or even years after delivery.

Female Sexual Dysfunction Treatment Options

To help correct pregnancy, childbirth, and age-related vaginal structural issues affecting feminine health and sexual function, some physicians may recommend surgery, depending on your needs. However, the same kind of radiofrequency skin tightening that can be used on the face, neck, and body is also shown to tighten internal and external vaginal and labial tissue. In turn, patients have experienced the following results, backed by clinical data:

  • tightening of the internal and external vaginal tissue
  • reduced rate of infection
  • improved vaginal moisture
  • enhanced sexual stimulation

Radiofrequency Vaginal Tightening in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, CA, at Lasky Aesthetics & Laser Center

For women living with internal and/or external vaginal laxity, surgery can be an option. For some women, surgery can be avoided with a non-surgical, non-ablative procedure. Women who have received radiofrequency vaginal tightening have reported that the treatment is convenient, comfortable, and effective. Clinical data shows women can achieve a better quality of life with improved comfort, reduced irritation and infection, and enhanced sexual desire.

At Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center in Beverly Hills, our all-female medical team uses ThermiVa, an FDA-cleared radiofrequency vaginal tightening procedure. The radiofrequency technology stimulates collagen and elastin production for a more youthful vaginal structure. This can help improve many of the issues causing painful intercourse, lack of sexual pleasure and arousal, or reduced ability to climax.

It’s important to see your gynecologist and primary care physician to ensure that your symptoms are not related to an underlying medical or psychological condition. Additionally, our providers will give you an evaluation to ensure you’re a good candidate for ThermiVa prior to your first treatment.

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Can ThermiVa Be Used Along With Other Interventions?

Depending on your health, medical history, and recommendations from your physician, ThermiVa may be used in conjunction with other treatments as prescribed by your doctor. If you’re on estrogen therapy, seeing a couple’s counselor or sex therapist, or receiving other non-surgical treatment for female sexual dysfunction, ThermiVa may be a part of a complete female sexual dysfunction treatment plan. It’s important to include your full medical history, a complete list of prescriptions and over-the-counter remedies, and other pertinent health information during your consultation with our providers.

Other Tips for Improved Sexual and Vaginal Health

Like every other aspect of our health, vaginal and sexual health are affected by our lifestyle choices. In addition to any treatments recommended by your physician and/or ThermiVa in our Beverly Hills medical spa, medical professionals at the renowned Mayo Clinic also recommend the following to help improve sexual health and wellness:

  1. Alcohol in Moderation: Be mindful of how much alcohol you consume, as excessive drinking can affect healthy sexual response. This can cause symptoms similar to female sexual dysfunction or cause symptoms to worsen.
  2. Exercise: Physical activity increases stamina and enhances mood. Both lend themselves to a healthier, more active sex life. Staying fit also helps you feel better about how you look, which is proven to increase sexual desire and satisfaction.
  3. Stop Smoking: Among the numerous other health reasons to quit smoking, smoking also restricts blood vessels, hindering healthy blood flow. Healthy, abundant blood flow is necessary for sexual arousal. Consider cutting back the habit for overall health, wellness, and sexual wellbeing.
  4. Relax: Daily stress hinders sexual desire and physical response to sexual stimulation. It can also reduce the chances of reaching an orgasm during intercourse. Take time out for yourself to relax every day, and practice relaxing during intimate moments with your partner to enhance your sexual experience together.
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Some providers also recommend yoga, acupuncture, meditation, and mindfulness techniques to help you regularly decompress and relax. It is not recommended to use supplements or oils marketed to improve libido, as these have not been adequately tested. According to Mayo Clinic, some have caused secondary health problems. Speak to your doctor before trying any new over-the-counter supplements, as they can interact with prescription medications or worsen your condition.

How to Prepare for Your ThermiVa Consultation

Vaginal examinations and treatments are always a little uncomfortable. We women often feel our most vulnerable during gynecologic appointments and discussions about intimate health concerns. Our all-female team of medical providers understands your concerns. We encourage you to feel empowered by your decision to seek treatment for female sexual dysfunction and improve your sexual health and wellbeing.

Prepare for your ThermiVa consultation and appointments with the following tips:

  1. It’s okay to feel embarrassed, but you don’t have to be. Our team is here to help, and your comfort and well-being are our top priorities. Our private clinic provides complete discretion for all of our patients. Our goal is to help you live a healthier, more comfortable life.
  2. Ask questions of our staff prior to your consultation. Our team will provide you with instructions prior to your appointment. We encourage you to ask questions about how to prepare for your consultation and treatments and what to expect during your appointments.
  3. Bring relevant medical paperwork. If you were seen by a gynecologist or physician about female sexual dysfunction or other concerns related to your vaginal health, bring them with you. If you aren’t sure that it’s relevant, bring it with you.
  4. Bring a list of medications and supplements. It’s important that we know everything you’re taking for general health and wellness. Certain prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and supplements do not mix well with some of our treatments.

A complete list of what to bring to your appointments and how to prepare for them will be provided to you when you schedule with us. If you ever have questions in between appointments, please call and leave a message with your provider.

Schedule a Personalized, Private Consultation for ThermiVa in Los Angeles at Lasky Aesthetics & Laser Center

If you would like to discuss ThermiVa radiofrequency vaginal tightening as a possible solution for symptoms related to female sexual dysfunction, or if you just want a more youthful vagina, contact our team of all-female aesthetic medical providers at Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center in Beverly Hills, CA. Our team consists of physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) who are experienced with various skin tightening procedures and technologies, including ThermiVa vaginal rejuvenation treatments. Let us help you reach your goals with the expert care available at Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center, our private beauty and wellness oasis located in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA.

The information in this article is not a substitute for a consultation with our medical providers, your gynecologist, or a primary care physician. We recommend that you discuss all of your symptoms with your physician(s) to ensure that your symptoms aren’t related to an underlying medical condition that requires intervention in a gynecology practice or primary care clinic.

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