Vaginal laxity is a common condition, but it’s one that many women don’t talk about. In fact, one study found that nearly 40% of patients seeking urogenital care complained of vaginal laxity and its symptoms. Why hasn’t it been talked about much? Maybe because women are uncomfortable discussing problems affecting intimacy — but more likely because they mistakenly think vginal laxity and the symptoms it can cause are “just a part of natural aging.”
Aging certainly can contribute to a loss of vaginal tightness, and so can vaginal childbirth, menopause, and other health-related issues. But it’s not a condition you have to live with. And thanks to minimally invasive treatments at Cornerstone MD, you don’t even need surgery to correct it. Located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, Cornerstone MD offers the most advanced nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments available, helping women feel more comfortable and confident.
Vaginal laxity: causes and symptoms
Your vagina is designed to be flexible, elastic, and toned, thanks to a network of collagen fibers and natural lubricants that keep it supple and firm. But, as we age, some key changes take place: Strong collagen fibers start to weaken, and we don’t produce as much of those natural lubricants as we did when we were younger. The result: Vaginal tissues thin, becoming dryer, less firm, and more prone to sagging and irritation. Childbirth — especially multiple vaginal births — contributes, too, as do weight gain and hormonal changes.
Losing vaginal tone might not sound like a big deal to some people, but as a woman, the changes it brings can have a big impact on your life, causing an array of uncomfortable and embarrassing symptoms that can be difficult to deal with.
The vaginal structures play an important role in supporting your pelvic organs and maintaining normal function. When those structures aren’t supported by firm, strong tissues, many women find they’re subject to stress incontinence, leaking or dribbling urine when they laugh or sneeze or during physical activities, including sex.
Irritation, itching, and burning
When your vaginal tissues are flaccid, they tend to rub against your underwear and other clothing, increasing your risks of irritation and discomfort. Over time, chronic irritation may even lead to infections. What’s more, because vaginal laxity is usually accompanied by a decrease in natural secretions, intercourse can cause considerable pain.
Many of the sensations of intercourse depend on normal friction inside and around the vagina. When your vagina is “loose,” or flaccid, friction is decreased — and that means your sensations and sexual pleasure will be decreased too (and so will your partner’s). Over time, many women may find loss of sexual pleasure leads to a decreased interest in sex, and that can take a major toll on intimate relationships.
Loss of sexual confidence
Decreased sensations are just one possible sexual side effect associated with vaginal laxity. When your vagina is stretched and “out of shape,” you can begin to feel self-conscious about the way it looks to your partner. Combined with a loss of friction and sensation, many women find laxity leads to a loss of confidence, as well as feelings of sexual inadequacy.
How vaginal rejuvenation works
Minimally invasive vaginal rejuvenation uses focused energy waves to promote the development of strong, healthy vaginal tissue, restoring the elasticity and natural lubrication that play such important roles in overall health and sexual well-being. After rejuvenation, many women experience benefits like:
- Reduced risk of incontinence or infection
- Enhanced sexual pleasure
- Improved comfort
- Increased confidence
- Return of libido
- Greater peace of mind
With minimally invasive vaginal rejuvenation, there’s no need for anesthesia, incisions, or sutures. Instead, restoring energy waves are administered from a special wand-shaped device designed specifically for vaginal care. Treatments are performed right in our office, and afterward, there’s no downtime. Plus, you can have repeat treatments on a regular basis to keep your symptoms at bay and ensure your vaginal tissues stay healthy and firm.
Restore your comfort and your confidence
Nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation is designed to address multiple symptoms associated with vaginal laxity. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms discussed above or if you have other concerns about your vaginal health and wellness, our team can help. To find out more, call Cornerstone MD at 469-242-0951 or use our online form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carolyn Riley today.