Half of all women experience a problem they had never anticipated when reaching menopause: vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. Loss of estrogen causes vaginal atrophy, which is why so many women benefit from vaginal rejuvenation. Dr. Ann Long in Lower Manhattan, New York has helped many women regain vaginal health with ThermiVa®, an innovative medical device that uses pain-free radiofrequency waves to rejuvenate vaginal tissues. To learn more about vaginal rejuvenation, call her office or book an appointment online for a consultation.
You need estrogen to maintain the health of your vagina. It keeps vaginal tissues elastic, maintains adequate blood flow, and supports lubrication.
Many women develop vaginal atrophy as levels of estrogen decline in the years before and after menopause. Their vaginal tissues thin out, lose elasticity, and become susceptible to inflammation.
Vaginal atrophy causes symptoms such as:
ThermiVa is an innovative medical device that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to rejuvenate tissues inside the vagina. Dr. Long inserts a specially designed applicator into your vagina, which emits RF waves that penetrate through its tissues.
RF energy gently heats vaginal tissues, which has an immediate tightening effect as collagen proteins contract. The heat then reaches a therapeutic temperature that activates the production of new collagen and increases blood flow.
As the boost in collagen and blood flow regenerate tissues, the tone and texture of the vaginal lining improve and the vaginal wall tightens. You regain vaginal health and symptoms of vaginal atrophy disappear.
One ThermiVa session takes about 30 minutes. During that time most women are quite comfortable because the treatment is gentle and well-tolerated. The ThermiVa device monitors tissue temperatures and RF energy to ensure your safety.
You can return to your normal activities as soon as your treatment is over. Many women don’t experience side effects, but you may have some slight redness and swelling. Dr. Long may recommend avoiding sexual intercourse for a few days to give vaginal tissues time to heal.
Results develop gradually as blood supply improves and new collagen develops to replace atrophied tissues. In fact, the changes continue to occur for about six months after your treatment, but you notice results before then.
In addition to vaginal rejuvenation, symptoms of stress urinary incontinence also may improve following ThermiVa treatment.
You may notice a significant improvement after your first ThermiVa session, but many women get 2-3 treatments initially. After that, the results are long-lasting, and you only need maintenance treatment once yearly.