Vaginal dryness and laxity can affect intimacy with your partner and your self-confidence. You don’t have to resign yourself to these predicaments. Gary F. Willen, MD, provides tools and procedures to improve them with vaginal rejuvenation at Tahoe Women’s Care. If you’re ready to reclaim your sexual health, contact the Carson City, Nevada, clinic online or by phone. Dr. Willen also services the surrounding communities of Southlake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Minden, and Gardnerville.
Vaginal rejuvenation is the process of restoring the tone and lubrication the vagina loses after childbirth and during the aging process. It’s a treatment that targets vaginal atrophy, which is characterized by:
Decreases in estrogen cause up to 50% of postmenopausal women to experience vaginal atrophy. Vaginal atrophy is also common in women who have undergone breast cancer treatment since it lowers estrogen levels.
Non-hormonal at-home treatments include over-the-counter vaginal moisturizers and lubricants. These prevent pain caused by low lubrication during sex. Low-dose vaginal estrogens in cream, ring, or tablet form have relieved symptoms for many postmenopausal women.
Non-surgical treatments for vaginal atrophy are gaining popularity, offering women many more options. Non-invasive laser and radiofrequency vaginoplasty are gaining traction in women’s health care.
MonaLisa Touch® is one non-surgical process that Dr. Willen offers. It uses a laser to stimulate collagen production, reversing some of the effects of vaginal atrophy.
As a more invasive option, plastic surgery can restore the structure of the genitals. Currently, plastic surgeons offer vaginoplasty and labiaplasty to reshape and repair the vagina and labia.
Both lasers and radiofrequency use heat on vaginal tissues, activating the healing process, which stimulates collagen production. Collagen then tightens the vaginal opening and increases sexual function. The increased blood flow to the area also improves lubrication.
Most women can tolerate lasers and radiofrequency treatments well, so they don’t require anesthesia. Most women don’t require post-treatment pain medication because the side effects are minor and transient.
You may experience discharge, and Dr. Willen may recommend you abstain from sex and tampon use, but you can resume most normal activities almost immediately.
The changes from laser and radiofrequency treatments aren’t immediate since collagen production requires time, but you should notice results in about a month. These treatments usually require yearly or bi-annual maintenance treatments to remain effective.
If you’d like to discuss your options for vaginal rejuvenation, get in touch with Dr. Willen by calling Tahoe Women’s Care or booking an appointment online.
*Individual results may vary