One of the most frustrating conditions for women – and one that is rarely discussed publicly – is sexual dysfunction. Often thought of as a problem that only plagues men, sexual dysfunction is actually quite common in women and manifests itself in a variety of ways. Board-certified gynecologist and obstetrician Dr. Marcel Thompson, along with the exceptional and caring team at Venus Restorative Health and Wellness Center, understand the deeply personal nature of female sexual dysfunction and are dedicated to helping Houston, TX patients improve their intimate lives through a wide array of treatment options.
Vaginal rejuvenation is arguably one of the most exciting and effective solutions for treating a range of conditions and complaints, both sexual and functional in nature. While vaginal restoration techniques have been around for many years, Dr. Thompson is proud to offer a nonsurgical, noninvasive option for vaginal rejuvenation in the form of the innovative Viveve system. To help you learn more about how noninvasive vaginal rejuvenation can relieve you of embarrassing symptoms and make intimacy enjoyable again, here are some of the basics about the treatment and potential results.
What is vaginal restoration, and who needs it?
Generally speaking, vaginal restoration is a treatment designed to tighten the vagina. In the case of noninvasive vaginal rejuvenation performed using the Viveve system, the therapy works by exposing the interior and exterior vaginal tissues to radiofrequency (RF) energy. This stimulates the body to produce collagen, which, in turn, improves the tone, appearance, and function of the vagina. Viveve is a wonderful option for women who aren’t willing or able to undergo traditional surgical vaginal restoration.
There are a number of conditions and symptoms that can be treated using noninvasive vaginal rejuvenation. Many of these problems develop naturally over time, as a result of aging or life events, such as pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. Some of the most common complaints leading women to pursue vaginal rejuvenation include:
- Stress urinary incontinence
- Vaginal dryness
- Low libido
- Pain with intercourse
- Vaginal looseness
- Unsatisfied with the appearance of the vagina
Regardless of your reasons for considering vaginal restoration, Dr. Thompson is dedicated to providing discreet and thorough care throughout your course of treatment. During your initial consultation, Dr. Thompson will take all of the time necessary to evaluate your case, discuss your concerns, explain your options in detail, and answer all of your questions at length before recommending a course of action that will help you best achieve your goals.
How does Viveve vaginal rejuvenation work?
Once you have made the decision to undergo nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation, you will be scheduled for your treatment session. The Viveve treatment will be performed in one of our comfortable private rooms and generally lasts about 30 minutes. Your licensed and certified provider will perform the treatment by inserting a handheld wand into the vagina. The tissues of the vagina will absorb the RF energy that is emitted by the wand. Because the treatment is completely nonsurgical and noninvasive, the majority of patients experience no side effects and are able to return to their normal routines immediately without any downtime. Patients should refrain from sexual intercourse for a minimum of 2 – 3 days following treatment, however, to let their tissues heal appropriately.
How can vaginal rejuvenation improve my sex life?
For many women, the results of Viveve vaginal rejuvenation can be life changing. For example, functional improvements, such as better bladder control, can give patients the confidence and freedom to pursue physical activities and travel without worry. Patients who struggle with female sexual dysfunction often report the most dramatic improvements in their overall health and lives, including:
- Better vaginal lubrication
- Tighter vaginal canal
- Less discomfort during intercourse
- Increased vaginal sensation
- Increased libido
- Increased self-confidence
In many cases, the results of vaginal rejuvenation produce somewhat of a domino effect. The physical improvements realized after treatment, including increased vaginal lubrication and a tighter vaginal canal, can lead to increased sensitivity, which can increase the level of sexual stimulation and pleasure a woman experiences. These factors often contribute to a boost in libido and ultimately a more satisfying level of intimacy overall.
How long does Viveve vaginal rejuvenation last?
One of the most exciting aspects of Viveve vaginal rejuvenation is that it is designed to be a one-time treatment, requiring just a single session. As with any treatment, the results can vary from patient to patient. However, most women enjoy the results of Viveve vaginal rejuvenation for up to a year after treatment before an additional session may be needed.
If you are interested in learning more about how nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation can address complaints related to your functional and sexual health, the first step is to be evaluated by an experienced Viveve provider. Call the convenient Bellaire, TX location of Venus Restorative Health and Wellness Center to schedule your consultation with board-certified gynecologist and obstetrician Dr. Marcel Thompson today, and regain control of your health, happiness, and intimacy in just one treatment!