Laser vaginal rejuvenation: How do disorders of the intimate area affect women?
It is becoming increasingly common to read about laser vaginal rejuvenation in the media – an issue which, in recent years, has gone beyond public opinion. According to statistics from the UK’s National Health Service, this type of treatment is five times more common today than in previous years.
Opinions about it vary. Many people are against it, perhaps out of ignorance, and others consider it an opportunity for women to get back to living a full life. In the midst of the debate, there is a reality – that of women who, day after day, have to live with physical and functional disorders of their intimate area. To find out at first hand what it is like for a woman to deal with these problems, we decided to interview two women whose identities have been concealed for reasons of privacy. These women are at different stages of life and tell us about their experiences of living with a disorder of the intimate area.
Case 1: New mother, 43 – a year after a vaginal delivery, she began to suffer from stress urinary incontinence.
– What was your case?
T: I got pregnant when I was 40 and had a fairly uneventful controlled pregnancy. Towards the end, I began to have strong urges to urinate, which were sometimes almost impossible to control, but because nothing ever came out and the literature said that this could happen and the feeling would disappear after the birth, I didn’t think much of it. After the birth though, I realised that I really did have a problem.
– What happened?
T: During the birth, they had to use techniques to help the baby come out. Some of my friends who are mothers said that the same thing happened to them. At that moment, the happiness of being a mother takes you over completely. When the baby was about 6 months old, I started to get back to my daily life, but began to experience urine leakage when I went to the gym, coughed or worked at home. Whenever I made a slight physical effort, urine would leak out. I felt so ashamed that I didn’t even mention it to my husband. I even felt depressed and wondered whether I would end up having to wear nappies like my baby.
– Did you seek help?
T: Yes, but it wasn’t easy. It was very difficult because I associated loss of bladder control with elderly people and I didn’t want to have to use incontinence pads. So I began to investigate further and spoke to my gynaecologist about new techniques… which definitely helped a lot.
I now know that treatments are becoming increasingly less invasive and surgery-free, and less likely to put my life in danger. I’ve managed to regain control and definitely feel that I’ve been able to get my life back.
The GynelaseTM laser for stress urinary incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence as a result of instrumental delivery, multiple births or even due to congenitally weak pelvic floor muscles can be treated in different non-mutually exclusive ways: Kegel exercises, which are a requirement, and the CO2 laser. Laser treatment is minimally-invasive, incision-free and performed on an outpatient basis.
It involves applying heat to the mucosa and submucosa of the vaginal canal to retract or contract the tissue and pelvic structures and rectify the urethral angle. This also leads to the formation of new collagen and thickening of the tissue. The results enable women to regain bladder control.
– What was your case?
T2: I divorced my first husband when I was 44 and had to go through the menopause single and on my own. I dealt with discomfort like vaginal dryness by applying creams but couldn’t find anything to completely solve the problem. Then, my life changed.
I met my new husband and the problem got worse when I tried to resume my sex life. I couldn’t have full intercourse because it felt so painful and uncomfortable.
– How did it affect you and your new partner?
It wasn’t easy. I felt insecure and had a lot of pain, which made everything very mechanical, and I began to think that women of a certain age no longer have the right to enjoy a normal sex life. For the sake of the marriage, I decided to find out more and discovered that my quality of life didn’t have to suffer because my body was changing. If new treatments exist that can help you, why not use them?
Laser treatment for vaginal atrophy
Vaginal atrophy is a common complaint in gynaecologists’ consulting rooms. During the menopause, women often experience dryness, itching and even pain during sexual intercourse.
Decreased oestrogen levels lead to weakening of vaginal wall tissue, reduced or absence of secretion or lubrication and loss of elasticity. The vaginal walls become more fragile and the lack of lubrication can make penetrative sex painful.
The new GynelaseTM CO2 vaginal rejuvenation laser acts on the tissue of the vaginal mucosa and submucosa, and improves tissue consistency and tautness as a result of biostimulation. After treatment, vaginal secretion increases. Two sessions are usually required. The effect is immediate and it is performed on an outpatient basis.
Both of these cases show how difficult it is for women to deal with problems in the intimate area. Being unhappy about the appearance and function of the genital area can cause women to experience feelings of insecurity and low self-esteem, and even lead to a lack of sexual desire, which can have serious consequences for the lives of women and their partners.
Because INTERmedic is committed to health, we put a lot of work into researching and developing laser platforms and methods to provide people with solutions in their day-to-day lives. Our commitment is to bring the most advanced treatments to the consulting rooms of doctors and help people to get their quality of life back.
Would you like to tell us about your successful experiences with our treatments? Contact us at www.inter-medic.net