When a woman ages, her whole body ages. We’re quick to seek help for facial wrinkles and skin laxity but are hesitant to take the same action when certain life events have caused changes in our vaginal and sexual health. Call the compassionate and professional team at Beauty 2.0 Aesthetics in Port Moody, BC to talk about diVa Vaginal Rejuvenation.
What Causes Vaginal Changes?
There are a few things that can cause major changes to the structure, condition, and health of the vagina and its tissue.
Many people think of vaginal childbirth when they think of these kinds of changes to a woman’s body, but pregnancy itself plays a role, too. When a woman is pregnant, her blood volume increases significantly, and this can lead to swelling in the vagina and vulva. This kind of swelling can last months.
Varicose veins don’t just happen in the legs when you’re pregnant. They can happen in the vulva and vaginal areas. Varicose veins happen because a valve that’s present in all veins to keep blood flowing one way becomes faulty and blood pools instead of flowing back to the heart.
The vagina endures a lot during childbirth. The cervix, a narrow passage at the lower end of the uterus that has stayed closed throughout the pregnancy to help keep the baby in place, now has to dilate to accommodate the baby. It will open to ten centimeters by the time the baby is ready to pass through the vagina. During childbirth, the muscles on the pelvic floor can stretch to three times their normal size.
As the baby comes down the birth canal, it stretches all the tissue. Sometimes it will be stretched beyond its capability and your doctor will perform an episiotomy, cutting the tissue of the vaginal opening to the perineum. Sometimes, if this doesn’t occur in time, the tissue might rip or tear.
Who knew this could affect the vagina? The hormones produced during the breastfeeding process can cause severe vaginal dryness. This can be painful, itchy, sore and uncomfortable whether or not you’re having sex.
While most pregnancy sites say your vagina “should” go back to normal, many women report not really ever feeling the same. These symptoms can be magnified for women who have had multiple children, large babies or complications during childbirth.
The other big life event that causes the most changes in the vaginal tissue is menopause. These changes can happen after menopause, which is defined as not having had your period for 12 consecutive months, or the years leading up to menopause known as perimenopause.
The drop in estrogen can lead to a thinning of the tissues in the vaginal walls and the outer visible part of the area known as the vulva. A lack of estrogen is the leading cause of vaginal dryness. The skin in the area can lose elasticity, changing the appearance of the vulva and causing it to appear elongated and loose.
Whether because of pregnancy and childbirth or menopause, both the physical and psychological symptoms a woman experiences can negatively affect her quality of life. Many women feel embarrassed to talk about these issues because both pregnancy and menopause are natural parts of life. They may feel they just have to “deal with it”.
We’re also not so far away from a time when doctors would give women temporary solutions that only addressed symptoms without addressing the underlying issue. Women should find a professional, experienced and compassionate healthcare specialist to hear their concerns, take them seriously and help them with solutions.
There are many physical symptoms women may experience. Each woman’s body will react differently, so one woman may only experience one symptom while another can experience all of them.
The symptoms a woman may experience after pregnancy vary. They can range from just not feeling the same or as “tight” in that area to not being able to enjoy sex. This sexual dysfunction can come from the stretching of the pelvic floor muscles. These are the same muscles the body triggers in orgasm, so if those tissues are loose, they may not be functioning properly.
This same laxity occurs during menopause. This laxity results from lost collagen. As we age, our collagen production decreases. This is significant because collagen is the protein that keeps our tissues thick and strong. During menopause, the tissue thin and they lose their strength. This weakening of the tissue can lead to a visible stretching of the vulva.
Both pregnancy and menopause can lead to some level of incontinence. The muscles that keep urine in the bladder aren’t as strong as they were because collagen has broken down in the area. Depending on the extent of the weakness, it could be minor incontinence that happens with a big sneeze, vigorous activity or something more severe that causes you constant worry about leaking.
A drop in estrogen is notorious for causing vaginal dryness. Lost collagen is also responsible. When we lose collagen, we also lose hyaluronic acid, which is the natural sugar our bodies produce to keep our tissues lubricated and hydrated. A thinning of the vaginal walls combined with vaginal dryness can lead to:
- Painful intercourse
- Bleeding with intercourse
- Vaginal itching
- Genital itching
- Pain during certain types of excercise, like bicycling
When a woman is experiencing these symptoms, she doesn’t always feel comfortable talking about them to friends, family or even her doctor. This is a sensitive subject for many women and can cause them to suffer in silence. She may feel like she’s alone in these symptoms, which can lead to isolation.
If sex has become painful, she may lose interest or avoid it, which can harm her intimate relationship and her personal feelings of vitality and sexuality. She may also be embarrassed by the appearance of her genitalia and further avoid sexual contact. Incontinence can leave women with a constant feeling of anxiety, worried about leaking during social situations. A loss of confidence and self-assuredness is not uncommon with these kinds of physical issues.
Luckily, there is an innovative treatment that can help women recover much of their lost vitality and sensation. diVa Vaginal Rejuvenation is breakthrough in women’s health and can treat the issues that most concern women as their bodies change.
What Is diVa Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Developed by Sciton and using its revolutionary technology, diVa vaginal rejuvenation treatment is an in-office treatment that is easy and quick, with no downtime. This treatment uses a fractioned ablative and non-ablative laser with two competing wavelengths to address women’s areas of concern inside the vagina. This treatment requires only a local anesthetic and no downtime.
How Does diVa Vaginal Rejuvenation Work?
This is a customizable and tunable treatment to address each client individually. Using the ablative laser targets and coagulates the soft tissue of the vagina. This results in your body triggering its natural healing process and increasing its production of collagen. When collagen builds up under the surface of the vaginal walls, it builds a stronger foundation and gives the area strength.
The thickening of the vaginal tissue happens as the mucous membranes become thicker and more functional. There will be increased blood flow to the area, which can help with the rebuilding of muscle tissue and an overall strengthening of the pelvic floor.
What to Expect
Receiving vaginal laser treatment may sound intimidating, but this is designed to be very quick and easy. Once you and your doctor have determined this is the appropriate treatment to address all of your areas of concern, you can schedule your first appointment.
The actual diVa Vaginal Rejuvenation takes less than five minutes. Plan for your appointment being close to 30 minutes. When you arrive, your doctor will apply a numbing agent to ensure you’re comfortable during this quick treatment. Once the area is numb, the diVa device will be gently inserted into the vagina.
The process is comfortable, and before you know it, you’re done. You can go back to your normal routines immediately. You may need to hold off on strenuous exercise for a few days. Most women can resume having intercourse five to seven days after treatment.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Each woman is different, and their treatment needs vary. It is most often recommended that women get a course of three treatments spaced four to six weeks apart for optimal results. A maintenance treatment once a year can provide seamless and positive results.
There are some basic things you can do to ensure your results last as long as possible. These are what we all should do to preserve our collagen and not aid in its breakdown. Tips for maintaining your great results:
- Do Kegel exercises
- Don’t smoke
- Drink plenty of water
- Limit exposure to the sun
- Eat a balanced and healthy diet
- Maintain an exercise routine
When Will I See Results?
Some women feel an immediate improvement in sexual pleasure and vaginal comfort. The results that are most transformative come as collagen builds the tissue and muscles in the vagina back up in strength and flexibility. When these two things improve, women can expect to see results like:
- Return of sexual pleasure
- Less urination urgency
- Less leaking during exercise, laughing, etc.
- Increased natural lubrication
- Improved vaginal laxity
The best results can be seen a few months after the final treatment. The physical results lead to transformative emotional and psychological results for women. They feel their vitality has been restored and have a sense of their sensuality and sexuality back. Other positive emotional changes include:
- Reduced social anxiety
- Increased exercise
- Increased healthy sexual activity
- Increased self-confidence and self-assurance
- A feeling of restored control over their bodies
What Women Are Saying
The best testament to this kind of treatment is to understand how women who have had it feel. Women say it’s changed their lives. Knowing they didn’t have to suffer those symptoms their whole lives brought a youthful vigor back to every aspect of their lives.
Women are recommending this treatment to other women who are suffering from the same symptoms. The most important result for women is that they feel like themselves again.
Don’t Put Off Getting Results
You don’t have to suffer in silence. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms we’ve talked about, know there is an easy and effective way for you to get back to a sense of normalcy again. diVa vaginal rejuvenation can give you back what you thought may have been gone forever.
Call Beauty 2.0 Aesthetics in Port Moody, BC and schedule your life-changing appointment today. We are committed to providing each of our clients with compassionate and professional help. We’re here to help you rediscover your natural beauty and look forward to speaking with you soon.