It’s been 20 years since Viagra was approved by the FDA for erectile dysfunction, and since that time, attention has been primarily on men’s sexual health.
However, the increasing popularity of vaginal rejuvenation suggests the narrative may be changing to address women’s sexual and functional concerns.
In fact, as women become more comfortable discussing topics like vaginal dryness and incontinence, they are more likely to seek help from an expanding number of non-surgical treatment options.
Here’s why vaginal rejuvenation is an important component of women’s health and how it can improve daily functioning and overall well-being.
Why Do Women Seek Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Many women seek vaginal rejuvenation for medical and functional reasons including laxity, dryness, lack of sensation or inability to reach orgasm, and stress incontinence.
What Causes Changes in the Structure and Function of the Vagina and Vulva?
There are a multitude of factors that can impact the structure and function of a woman’s vagina and/or vulva and necessitate vaginal rejuvenation.
More specifically, lower levels of estrogen can reduce moisture production, which is especially prevalent during menopause. In fact, over 50 percent of post-menopausal women experience vaginal dryness, which can cause pain and discomfort during intercourse.
Additionally, childbirth, aging, and menopause may decrease vaginal muscle tone and affect production of collagen and elastin. As a result, vaginal tissue becomes looser and leads to sexual dissatisfaction and urinary issues.
How Can Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatments Address Female Health Concerns?
In cases of vaginal dryness, laser-based procedures (diVa and MonaLisa Touch) have been shown to increase lubrication, stimulate the growth of new collagen, and rejuvenate vaginal mucosa.
Radiofrequency (Viveve System, Votiva and ThermiVa) is another treatment modality that has demonstrated the ability to produce contracture and tightening of tissue, increase collagen, and improve mucosa.
What Is the Future of Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Vaginal rejuvenation is a promising area of medicine and has the potential to change many women’s lives.
Nevertheless, the FDA recently issued an advisory stating that vaginal rejuvenation has not been cleared for treatment of menopause, urinary incontinence or sexual function.
However, many experts believe that this stance has more to do with manufacturers marketing procedures for specific indications, rather than the actual merits of vaginal rejuvenation.
They also cite overwhelming patient testimonials on the benefits of these treatments and feel confident that vaginal rejuvenation is here to stay.
For additional information on vaginal rejuvenation, call an experienced physician in your area to scheduled a consulation.