Your vaginal walls are covered by a clear fluid that helps to keep them clean and moist. But, some conditions can impact this intricate ecosystem — causing less fluid to be produced, leading to irritation and discomfort. The most common of these conditions is menopause, but it’s not the only reason. In fact, about 17% of women experience vaginal dryness before they ever experience menopause. That’s why we offer laser vaginal rejuvenation procedures to reduce the symptoms of vaginal dryness and help you feel your best.
Cause of Vaginal Dryness
- Childbirth and breastfeeding
- Radiation or chemotherapy treatment for cancer
- Surgical removal of the ovaries
- Anti-estrogen medications used to treat uterine fibroids or endometriosis
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- Stress and anxiety
- Flammer syndrome
How does laser vaginal rejuvenation work?
Regardless of the cause, vaginal dryness can be troublesome, cause urinary incontinence, and lead to infection, in extreme cases. But, mostly, it can make having sex difficult, painful, and uncomfortable. This dryness is typically the result of low estrogen levels. Laser vaginal rejuvenation targets the tissue in the vagina to help promote estrogen production, restore elasticity, and make intimacy enjoyable again.
At Nurse Practitioners of Florida, we offer FemiLift as our laser vaginal rejuvenation procedure. FemiLift uses an Alma CO2 laser with a 360-degree rotating probe to treat the entire vaginal canal. The procedure stimulates the body’s natural healing process and increases blood flow. This creates new, healthy tissue that makes the vaginal wall thicker and tighter — allowing us to provide long-term relief to your vaginal dryness.
Is FemiLift painful?
Laser vaginal rejuvenation is virtually pain-free, with some patients citing that it’s less painful than their annual pap smear. The procedure doesn’t require anesthesia of any kind. You may feel some pressure as the medical device is inserted into the vagina, but otherwise, you won’t feel any pain. Since the device is a laser, you may feel some warmth or cramping as the procedure targets tissues along the vaginal wall, but this is not painful.
Benefits of Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation
- Treatments only take 30 minutes
- The procedure is virtually painless
- You’ll save money in the long run
- Treatments stimulate blood flow and improve estrogen levels
- Your vagina will regain its moisture
- Sex will be comfortable again
- Results are immediate and long-lasting
Since FemiLift doesn’t require any anesthesia and is virtually pain-free, there are also very few side effects — if any. In some cases, patients may experience mild tenderness or some spotting. You can return to almost all of your regular activities immediately. However, tampon use and sexual intercourse should be avoided for three days after the procedure.
Ideal Candidates for Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation
Regardless of your reason, laser vaginal rejuvenation is a great option for anyone dealing with vaginal dryness. FemiLift is a longer-lasting solution than topical creams. It’s perfect for anyone experiencing:
- A loose or weak vagina
- A weakened pelvic floor
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased sexual sensation
- Pain with intercourse
- Urinary incontinence (leaking urine)
- Anxiety or depression caused by your vaginal symptoms
How long does FemiLift last?
FemiLift results are immediate, and you’ll be able to return to many of your daily activities right after the procedure. While FemiLift is longer-lasting than topical creams and other treatments, it’s not permanent. Additional procedures may be required to get optimal results. During your consultation, we’ll determine what your treatment timeline will look like and schedule follow-up appointments three to four weeks apart.
After obtaining optimal results, you can expect relief to last anywhere from 18 to 24 months. If your vaginal dryness was caused by medication or stress, no further maintenance appointments are needed. Otherwise, to maintain your vaginal moisture and elasticity, additional procedures will be required. You’ll be provided information about long-term maintenance during your consultation.
Need more information about laser vaginal rejuvenation?
We’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Call us today to schedule your free consultation or fill out our online contact form.