As if getting older isn’t enticing enough, our lady parts fall victim to the aging process too. There are surgical options such as vaginoplasty and labiaplasty, but the idea of going through surgery is unappealing to most. Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation is the latest trend in tightening below the belt, but before you take the plunge, here’s everything you need to know.
I haven’t even had kids—why would I need vaginal rejuvenation? After childbirth, my friend compared sex with her husband to “throwing a hotdog down a hallway.” Pushing a baby out of that tiny hole in your body will understandably have some consequences, but while childbirth is an obvious cause of a loss in “tightening,” hormonal changes, cancer treatments, and aging also cause women to experience changes in their genitalia. You may notice that sex doesn’t feel the same as it used to due to a loss in laxity and lubrication. Let’s face it: bad sex becomes a chore, and who needs another chore in life?
Eh, I can live with my aging vagina. Come on ladies, you deserve the best—and that includes your vagina. Dryness, non-existent orgasms, or even pain during sex is not something you should have to “put up with.” Just as you would tighten other areas of your body at the gym or with retinol face creams, you shouldn’t neglect one of the most amazing organs in your body, especially an organ responsible for intense pleasure. I mean, come on.
What is non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation anyway? Vaginal rejuvenation is a process of tightening the skin and the vaginal tissue beneath the skin by using various forms of energy devices. It aims at eliminating incontinence, preventing vaginal dryness, and improving the quality of your orgasms (yay!). This is done by uses laser treatments that stimulate blood flow and collagen growth to the vagina, relieving women of incontinence, dryness, and painful intercourse.
How does it differ from surgical forms such as vaginoplasty and labiaplasty? Vaginal rejuvenation is considered minimally invasive unlike its counterpart, vaginoplasty, which removes extra skin from the vagina. That means you won’t undergo anesthesia, a hospital visit, or weeks of recovery. To put it in perspective for you, some women even do this on their lunch break! It’s virtually pain-free and most women report only feeling slight heat and vibrations during the 5-10 minute procedure.
The recovery is totally manageable. After the procedure, you can go right back to your desk. However, there are some minor rules you’ll need to adhere to in order to ensure a successful recovery. For the tissue to heal, you’ll want to abstain from jumping back in the saddle with your fancy new vagina for about two weeks. You should steer clear of tampons and avoid any heavy lifting for a month. Your doctor may prescribe a topical estrogen cream to help stimulate the body’s natural collagen to grow.
Most women look towards vaginal rejuvenation for the confidence boost. It’s no secret that women face tremendous pressure from society to be picture perfect in so many ways. This pressure can drive women to Botox, facelifts, or even something as simple as hair extensions. If it makes you happy, I’m all for it. When it comes to vaginal procedures, it’s important that you’re doing this for the confidence boost it will provide you with, not just to succumb to the pressures of society or some dude. After all, you’re perfect just the way you are!
There are plenty of other reasons to consider it. Sure, better sex is always a plus, but that’s not the only reason why women are gravitating towards vaginal rejuvenation. Urinary incontinence is not only embarrassing but a total hindrance to your everyday life. Maybe you just want to go on a run without peeing a little mid-jog or live without fear of sneezing in a board meeting.
Here’s the bad news: it’s not FDA approved. In fact, the FDA warns that serious risks come with the process of vaginal rejuvenation with lasers or ultrasound. They warn that using such devices to treat “symptoms related to menopause, urinary incontinence, or sexual function” can cause “serious adverse events. Specifically, they name vaginal burns, scarring, pain during sex, and recurring pain. Long story short, make sure to do your homework. You’re putting a substantial amount of trust on your provider to enhance an extremely sensitive area of your body. Think about it: there are 8,000 nerve endings in the clitoris. Eight thousand! And you want to keep every last one of them, believe me.
Before you jump into any form of change down there, remember this one thing. Vaginas come in all shape and sizes. Most women just want to feel like their situation is normal, and that’s totally fair. Jumping into vaginal rejuvenation, both surgical or non-surgical, without giving it ample thought or doing your research could cause more regret than that tramp stamp you got on spring break in Cancun.
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