What Vaginal Rejuvenation can mean for Bladder Control
- Posted on: Jan 15 2018
Over the course of several years, we have collectively become more open about the concerns we face as we age. As a result of the conversation, numerous innovative medical treatments and devices have been developed. ThermiVa™, available in our Houston and Sugar Land offices is a prime example. The Thermi platform involves treating concerns such as skin laxity using radiofrequency energy. ThermiVa is a unique treatment in that its purpose is to improve vaginal function.
If you are a woman of a certain age, or your body has changed after childbirth, you know what we’re talking about when we say vaginal function. The mucosal lining of the vaginal canal is firm, just like youthful skin. It is so because, like the skin on the body, this tissue typically has an abundance of collagen to support its tone, as well as lubrication. Childbirth causes the vaginal canal to stretch. Age and the depletion of collagen lead to a condition we now know as vaginal atrophy. In addition to diminishing sexual pleasure due to dryness and laxity, vaginal atrophy can also create urinary incontinence.
Bladder Control Issues and Vaginal Tissue
Stress urinary incontinence is an enormous problem for women approaching and past menopause. The vaginal muscle is not one that we remember to work every day, nor is this an area of tissue that we can self-treat the way we do the aging skin on the face. When laxity reaches a certain stage, the accidental leakage of urine during exercise or a spontaneous laugh can be expected. This unpleasant problem has historically been a matter of “live with it.” Today, we see hope in the form of vaginal rejuvenation.
ThermiVa™ for Urinary Incontinence
Women in the Houston area who are tired of relying on pantyliners or bladder control pads for comfort (but no confidence) may be very interested in ThermiVa. The short office treatment prompts the regeneration of vaginal tissue by sparking a new surge of collagen production in the local area. The 30- to 45-minute treatment is comfortable and begins to work right away by warming the tissue that lines the vagina using a small probe. Patients do not describe ThermiVa as painful. They do describe as effective!