Despite how common it is today, vaginal laxity is an issue that many women are too embarrassed or uncomfortable to talk about. Unfortunately, this leads many to suffer in silence instead of seeking a solution to their problem. The vaginal walls are made up of fibrous material and collagen that give it flexibility and strength. When a woman goes through vaginal delivery, this puts immense stress on the vaginal walls, leading to stretching which can reduce both the sensitivity and tightness of the area. This is known as vaginal laxity.
Although it is commonly associated with childbirth, vaginal laxity can occur over time as a result of menopause, weight fluctuation, natural aging, or other factors. Regardless of its cause, vaginal laxity can diminish a woman’s emotional health and wellbeing by making sex unpleasurable or undesirable. To help women understand their options, we have outlined three ways to treat varying degrees of vaginal laxity.
Kegel exercises are often recommended as a first step towards treating mild vaginal laxity. For women who have given birth, Kegel exercises can help tighten the muscles in the pelvic area. Unfortunately, since they do not address the tissue within the vagina or the vaginal wall, Kegel exercises will not be able to help women with true vaginal laxity.
Vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to tighten loose vaginal muscles and surrounding soft tissues. The intended result is a considerable rebuilding of the vaginal wall, resulting in more friction and (hopefully) more sensation during sex. The downside for certain patients is that, as with any reconstructive surgery, vaginoplasty requires downtime for recovery. Though many women are able to walk comfortably just a few days after their procedure, returning to work, exercise, and sexual activities can take up to six weeks.
FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation
For women who need a tightening result that kegel exercises cannot produce and prefer not to undergo surgery, we recommend FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation. By gently ablating weakened tissue in the vaginal wall and promoting natural fibrin and collagen growth, FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation can be perfect for women who seek a safe and effective treatment for their vaginal laxity. As an added bonus, FemTouch™ treatments can treat other symptoms of vaginal atrophy including vaginal itchiness or vaginal drying, as well as bladder leakage from stress urinary incontinence.
There is no need to settle for an unsatisfying sex life due to vaginal laxity. To fully understand your unique situation and how these potential treatment methods may help, we recommend scheduling an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould. During your appointment, we will discuss your issues, your goals, and your options to help get you on the path to the best possible reproductive health and wellness. To request your appointment today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips, news, and updates.