Seeing your child for the first time can feel like a mix of emotions. You’re thrilled to finally meet them and see their face, but you’re a little nervous about what the future will bring. Yet, with all the joys that come with childbirth, there are some side effects that aren’t often discussed — such as vaginal laxity, dryness, or urinary incontinence.
The same conditions can also occur when you go through menopause. This can make you feel uncomfortable, insecure, and even cause pain during certain activities — such as sexual intercourse. Fortunately, there is a way to restore your elasticity and confidence. It’s called vaginal rejuvenation, and it can help you enjoy intimacy again.
Effects of Childbirth & Menopause
Vaginal tissue is naturally moist, and with the help of fluids from the cervix and Bartholin glands, your vagina is kept lubricated. Lubrication is key during activities that cause friction. But, certain conditions — such as childbirth, menopause, and chronic conditions — can cause the vagina to secrete less fluid or none at all. When this happens, your vagina becomes dry and may lose its elasticity.
The lack of lubrication can also impact your pH balance, causing irritation and, sometimes, infection. Vaginal rejuvenation can help you reverse these effects — whether they’re temporary, such as childbirth, or more permanent, as with menopause.
How Vaginal Rejuvenation Works
Vaginal rejuvenation is a phrase used for vaginal corrective treatments. They typically include cosmetic procedures that can restore lubrication and elasticity in the vagina and reverse the effects of aging for women going through menopause. While there are some surgical options, most vaginal rejuvenation treatments are noninvasive and patients can experience results immediately.
Benefits of Vaginal Rejuvenation
The benefits of vaginal rejuvenation depend on the treatment performed. While surgical options can drastically change the appearance or size of the vagina or labia, the noninvasive options are better for tightening and promoting lubrication. As such, the main benefits of treatment include:
- The vagina is lubricated again
- The vagina regains its elasticity and becomes tightened
- There’s a lesser chance of urinary incontinence
- There’s less worry about urinary incontinence occurring during normal activities
- Sexual intercourse is less painful and more enjoyable
- The vagina’s pH balance is returned to normal
Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment Options
While over-the-counter creams can help with lubrication, they aren’t treating the main condition and only provide temporary relief. Treatments can range from surgical to noninvasive. Most treatments help with more than lubrication. They also help tighten the vagina and prevent urinary incontinence. The most common vaginal rejuvenation treatments include:
- Vaginoplasty (surgical)
- Labiaplasty (surgical)
- Vulvoplasty (surgical)
- Radiofrequency (noninvasive)
- CO2 Lasers (noninvasive)
At Nurse Practitioners of Florida, we offer FemiLift — an Alma CO2 laser — to help promote elasticity and lubrication. This noninvasive procedure uses heat and a 360-degree rotating probe that makes it easier to treat the entire vaginal canal. This allows our patients to see results immediately. Recovery is minimal, and most women can have sexual intercourse in as little as two weeks after the procedure.
If You’re Interested in Vaginal Rejuvenation, Nurse Practitioners of Florida Can Help
At Nurse Practitioners of Florida, we have a dedicated team of certified nurse practitioners who have an unwavering commitment to providing you with care and compassion. When you call any of our locations, you will be greeted by a live person who’s ready to offer acute medical care as well as aesthetic procedures — including laser hair removal. And, above everything else, you will be treated like family.
If you need assistance, call us or fill out our online contact form.