Urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness, and a loss of sexual desire are all unfortunate effects of aging for many women. Yet even though these problems are common, many women don’t talk about them — maybe because they’re embarrassed or maybe because they think these problems are “just part of aging.”
Actually, all these symptoms can be caused by one condition: vaginal atrophy. Although atrophy might happen more frequently with age, that doesn’t mean it’s normal — or that you just have to live with it.
At Starkey Medical Esthetics, Michele Meinhart, FNP, in conjunction with Dr. Samir Ghobrial, MD, helps women combat vaginal atrophy with the EmpowerRF® system, designed to restore vaginal health and reduce or eliminate the symptoms of vaginal atrophy. If you’re suffering from these symptoms, here’s how EmpowerRF could help you.
Vaginal laxity: Why it happens
Your vaginal tissue is composed of a strong network of supple, resilient collagen and elastin fibers. This network helps your vagina firm, flexible, and lubricated.
But as we get older, the vagina undergoes many of the same changes as our skin: Collagen and elastin production slow down, and the vaginal tissues produce less lubricant. Over time, those tissues become thin, dry, and prone to irritation. They also lose a lot of their natural elasticity.
Hormonal shifts are responsible for many of these changes. But vaginal laxity is also more common among women who’ve had multiple vaginal births, as well as women who’ve had significant fluctuations in their weight.
Symptoms and complications
Vaginal atrophy isn’t just an inconvenience. It causes unpleasant symptoms that can take a big toll on your health and your well-being.
Itching and burning
A decrease in natural lubrication quickly leads to vaginal irritation, which, in turn, can cause burning and itching. As the tissues loosen, they may rub against your clothing, increasing your discomfort.
Increased risk of infections
Natural lubricants don’t just keep your vagina comfortable — they help prevent infections, too. When lubrication declines, your risk of infections goes up.
As the vaginal tissues thin out and become less flexible, they also provide less support to the pelvic floor, a series of muscles and ligaments that support your bladder and vagina. As a result, many women with vaginal atrophy also suffer from stress incontinence, leaking urine when they sneeze, cough, or laugh.
Loss of sexual satisfaction
When your vagina is dry and irritated, intercourse is the last thing you want to think about — and when you do indulge, the result can be quite painful. At the same time, a loss of vaginal tone means fewer sensations — for you and for your partner. Over time, these changes can lead to a loss of sexual desire and associated relationship problems.
EmpowerRF treats vaginal laxity
EmpowerRF uses targeted bursts of radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen development inside the vaginal tissues. The EmpowerRF device is designed specifically for the vagina, delivering energy at varying depths to promote optimal vaginal wellness.
By rebuilding collagen, EmpowerRF restores your vagina’s natural elasticity and lubrication, reducing uncomfortable symptoms while providing a host of benefits, like:
- Less vaginal dryness
- Reduced urinary incontinence
- Lower risk of infections
- Greater sexual satisfaction
- Higher confidence
- Improved libido
Better still, EmpowerRF uses no anesthesia, incisions, or sutures, and there’s no downtime afterward. Treatments are performed right in our office on an outpatient basis, and treatments can be repeated as needed to maintain those important benefits.
Find relief for your symptoms
Vaginal rejuvenation with EmpowerRF relieves a multitude of symptoms, while restoring vaginal health and function. If you’re experiencing symptoms of vaginal atrophy, call 540-389-0909, or book an appointment online at Starkey Medical Esthetics today.