Don't Let Menopause Ruin Your Sex Life - Learn About Vaginal Rejuvenation

Menopause brings about lots of changes, some welcome, some not so welcome. The end of monthly periods and the inability to get pregnant unexpectedly are two “side effects” of menopause that most women welcome. But other side effects, like vaginal dryness and painful intercourse, can take a major toll on a woman’s life, diminishing her sexual desire and pleasure, and sometimes increasing the risks of other issues, like vaginal itching, infections, and urinary incontinence.

At Refined Image, Dr. Andrea Bickerton offers laser vaginal rejuvenation, a simple outpatient treatment that’s very effective in restoring natural tone and lubrication to the vaginal area, helping women avoid the negative consequences of menopause while improving their vaginal health and their quality of life. 

What causes vaginal changes during menopause?

Most women know that estrogen plays a major role in regulating their periods, as well as ovulation. And it plays an important role in pregnancy, as well. But what a lot of women don’t realize is that estrogen also plays a part in lots of other functions — including those that have a direct impact on vaginal health.

Your vagina is made of tissue that’s naturally toned and firm, and that natural elasticity is part of what makes sex pleasurable — and it’s also what helps your vagina stay healthy. When we’re young, we produce plenty of collagen, a special protein that helps vaginal tissue (and your skin) stay firm and elastic. Collagen also supports normal vaginal lubrication, so sex isn’t painful and itching and burning sensations aren’t a problem.

But as we age, we produce a lot less collagen, especially once estrogen levels drop. As a result, the vagina tissue dries out, becoming brittle and thin. Intercourse is associated with pain and sometimes even bleeding, and we’re more prone to vaginal burning and itching, as well as bladder leakage and vaginal infections. Loss of tone increases the risk of prolapse, a painful condition in which part of the vagina “drops” and extends outside the body.

Vaginal rejuvenation with the diVa© laser system

The diVa laser system uses dual-wavelength hybrid laser technology to help women combat vaginal dryness and other menopause-related changes by helping restore vaginal health and function. How? The laser is designed to emit specific wavelengths of laser energy to the interior of the vagina via a wand-shaped device that’s been specially designed for vaginal rejuvenation. As the laser energy penetrates the vaginal tissue, it gently shrinks and tones vaginal tissue while stimulating the body’s production of collagen. As new collagen forms, it restores vaginal tone and lubrication, eliminating vaginal dryness, laxity, and other symptoms, so you feel more comfortable and more confident.

Vaginal rejuvenation with the diVa system is performed right in the office during a procedure that takes about three to five minutes to complete. Prior to treatment, you’ll receive a topical anesthetic to numb your vagina, helping you stay completely comfortable and relaxed throughout your session. You may feel a little pressure as the diVa device goes to work, but it won’t be painful. Once the procedure is done, you can go back to your regular daily activities — there’s no downtime. For 24 hours afterward, you will need to avoid sexual intercourse and douching, and you’ll also need to avoid tub baths, swimming, hot tubs, and other activities that involve being submerged in water. That’s to prevent irritation that could occur during the initial healing process. While a single treatment can provide benefits, most women have a series of three treatments spaced a month apart, followed by annual “touch-up” treatments to maintain their results.

Learn more about vaginal rejuvenation 

As a top provider of laser vaginal rejuvenation in Naples, Dr. Bickerton is skilled at tailoring treatment sessions to the individual needs of every patient, providing a truly custom experience that helps women feel confident about their results and their future vaginal health. If you’re experiencing vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, itching, or other unpleasant symptoms, laser vaginal rejuvenation with the diVa system might be just what you need to start feeling better. To find out more about laser vaginal rejuvenation at Refined Image, book an appointment online today.

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