I think most women are understandably reluctant when it comes to opening up their legs for medical procedures. Agree?
I think most women would also agree, that opening up our hearts, if one has the courage to Doctors, desperate for more enjoyable sex in the bedroom is generally an awkward conversation, anyway.
Its not easy to get women comfortable to talk about the real reason why they have become sex avoidant. Explaining the aftermath of urinary infections or cuts that don’t heal, why you find the shape change embarrassing or how it is dry, roomy, leaky, stingy or itchy is just as uncomfortable for women to talk about as it is you reading it.
I wonder how many women secretly pray that their legitimate concerns won’t be trivialised, flippantly dismissed or redirected to safer grounds – let’s check your hormones with a blood test, perhaps?
I also wonder how many women end up disappointed in how limited their options are if they complain of uncomfortable sex or god-forbid the vanity of an out-of-shape vagina – Perhaps some Topical Estrogen Cream may help, take this script?
Apart from Hormone Replacement Therapy (which has an important role) or Gyni Surgery (equally important role) there are no little-blue-pill equivalents of a Magic Pill to assist women maintain their sexual peak or increase vaginal traffic.
While it is true hormones can be responsible for unsatisfying sex, intra-vaginal laser treatments now offered by MORE Sydney GP’s, is shining hope that hormones aren’t the ONLY way to fix unsatisfying sex for women!! 🙏 In fact, the studies are simply backing what I am seeing – it’s reactivating sex lives: getting men back for more and women happier!
This is especially good news for those women who can’t use hormones anyway because of previous Breast Cancer or are considered high risk for developing Breast Cancer. For these women, asking about any NEW non-drug treatments available to improve their sex life, is in my opinion especially deserving of a conversation with their Doctor. YES, sex is unashamedly an important part of our lives + a legitimate consultation conversation at ANY adult age. Full Stop.
Dry vaginas, painful intercourse, frequent urination and vaginal laxity are just some of the common symptoms many women experience preventing them from continuing to enjoy sex in the bedroom which are now being treated by intra-vaginal lasers.
Unfortunately unsatisfying sex is non-discriminatory, it can silently steal the sex lives of peri-menopausal, menopausal or those forced into menopausal states just as it can those breast-feeding or post-partum mums.
Of course this can be due NATURALLY from drying of the vagina due to menopause or low oestrogen states. For others, it’s unsatisfying because it just feels “looser”. Vaginal laxity often being a dissatisfying reminder of vaginal delivery.
Firstly, how effective are female-intimate lasers in giving women their sexy backin the bedroom? Let’s look at some evidence.
One study of 48 post menopausal women with vulvu-vaginal symptoms of dryness, burning, itching and pain showed that overall after 3 treatments, 91.7% of patients were satisfied or very satisfied with the procedure and experienced considerable improvement in quality of life as reported by QOL scales. (5) Another showing 93% satisfed with the procedure and in almost all cases of breast cancer patients in this 2016 study resulted in a significant regression of their VulvoVaginal atrophy (12). 100% of women in this small study complaining of painful sex improved (2) and in a larger study 84% experienced significant improvements after the Co2 laser. (21)
Surely these are numbers that can no longer be ignored.
The fear of never being able to have your vagina return to sexual peak, is fast disappearing! Making me excited again that finally the Fear Factor about intra-vagina lasers is coming to an end.
The good news is that women are finally talking more helping dissolve the stigma about a laser inside your vagina – ambassadors likening the experience to a vibrating pap smear has undoubtedly conjured curiosity amongst women.
Vaginal rejuvenation is no gimmick. This FDA-approved treatment for atrophic vaginitis (dry vagina) has now gone beyond just preliminary studies ensuring its safety and efficacy. With now a growing collection of peer-reviewed scientific papers (1-23) for using Co2 microablative fractional laser for further indications like restoring vaginal flora, improving overactive bladder symptoms, stress incontinence symptoms (18,20,21), treatment of vulvar lichen sclerosis (17) and even vulvodynia (16)!
Just like how Robotics is manoeuvring science into new places and smaller cameras are taking endoscopic surveillance into new spaces, harnessing the precision and power of laser light is shining new hope for the future of V-JAYJAY’s.
I believe we are entering an era of delivering more non-surgical, non-drug options with laser + light therapies than ever before. This is good news for ladies, who will be able to comfortably access more treatment options for sexual health with their GP.
Curious pussy cats may wonder exactly how this 8 minutes painless laser treatment makes you enjoy sex again. Let’s talk science.
Co2 Fractional Micro Ablative laser technology is delivered 360 degrees intra-vaginally. This type of surgical-grade laser packs a powerful energetic punch to the lining of the vagina stimulating a remarkable transformation, documented so beautifully by histology
It’s phenomenal how this lightning strike of energy can reawaken fibroblasts to thicken the vaginal matrix with collagen all the while more blood vessels grow; richly sustaining the refreshed vaginal lining.
However if microscopic proof doesn’t fascinate you, what’s more remarkable is what women say about the treatment. Although testimonials are banned in medicine, fortunately citing clinic trial results are not!
In one study of 77 post-menopausal women undergoing intra-vagina laser treatment, sexual satisfaction scores clearly improved. (4) Using Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and visual analogue scales women described a definite increase in overall satisfaction (p<0.001). In fact, 85% of women reported they had regained a normal sexual life (who were previously NOT sexually active) (4).
Seriously wow! That’s a lot of women no longer avoiding sex. And that’s definitely MORE sex!
With satisfaction that lasts. A 2017 of 87 post menopausal women showed even 15 months after treatment, their symptoms remained improved. (22)
For sceptics, there are still not enough studies, but from these (1 to 23) the consistent theme is that intra-vaginal laser treatments give women a chance of re-igniting their sex lives! This treatment appears to be getting women back to their considered “normal.”
From Sahara-Desert-to-Wetlands vaginal transformations are removing female expiry dates and revolutionising women’s sex lives forever.
Don’t you think giving women their sexy back (and having men wanting MORE!) is dare I say it, pretty damn sexy!!
Dr Suzan Bekir MBBS (hons1) FRACGP is a GP medical educator and Clinical Director of collective.care, Taylor Clinic and Dr Ink Tattoo Removal. She runs an accredited GP Special Skills training program for Allergy, ENT, Skin, Laser and Cosmetics. She was instrumental in creating the GPshared.care Clinical Model of collective.care specialist clinics built for primary health care and designed for the Health Care Homes of the future.
For those curious to know more you should definitely speak with a Doctor first so you can ask more questions + check your suitability.
May I also suggest you download this article including references and links below to help you discuss this treatment, just in case they aren’t familiar with this procedure. Your Doctor is welcome to speak with me or one of our Taylor Clinic Doctors direct and we can work out together if this procedure would be suitable for you.
For those who don’t have a regular Doctor, you are welcome to see one of the Taylor Clinic Female Doctors at Edgecliff, Bella Vista or Wollongong. Ask for a women’s health consultation on 1300 003223. Available Doctors for consultation Dr Suzie, Dr Avril + Dr Su-yin.
References and Links:
- A 12-week treatment with fractional CO2 laser for vulvovaginal atrophy: a pilot study. Salvatore S. et al. Climacteric. 2014 Aug; 17(4):363-9. Epub 2014 Jun 5.
- Microablative fractional CO2 laser improves dyspareunia related to vulvovaginal atrophy: a pilot study. Salvatore S. et al. Journal of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Disorders. 2014; 6(3):150-6. Epub 2014 Jun 20.
- Microscopic and ultrastructural modi cations of postmenopausal atrophic vaginal mucosa after fractional carbon dioxide. Zerbinati N. et al. Lasers in Medical Science. 2015 Jan; 30(1):429-36. Epub 2014 Nov 20.
- Sexual function after fractional microablative CO2 laser in women with vulvovaginal atrophy. Salvatore S. et al. Climacteric. 2015 Apr; 18(2):219-25. Epub 2014 Dec 16.
- Vulvo-vaginal atrophy: a new treatment modality using thermos-ablative fractional CO2 laser. Perino A. et al. Maturitas. 2015 Mar; 80(3):296-301. Epub 2014 Dec 25.
- Histological study on the e ects of microablative fractional CO2 laser on atrophic vaginal tissue: an ex vivo study. Salvatore S. et al. Menopause. 2015 Aug; 22(8):845-9.
- The use of pulsed CO2 laser for the treatment of vulvovaginal atrophy. Salvatore S. et al. Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology.2015 Dic; 27(6):504-8.
- Fractional CO2 laser for vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) dyspareunia relief in breast cancer survivors. Pieralli A. et al. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2016 Oct; 294(4): 841-6. Epub 2016 May 12.
- Is vaginal fractional CO2 laser treatment e ective in improving overactive bladder symptoms in post- menopausal patients? Preliminary results. Perino A. et al. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2016 Jun; 20(12):2491-7.
- The effect of microablative fractional CO2 laser on vaginal ora of postmenopausal women. Athanasiou S. et al. Climacteric. 2016 Oct; 19(5):512-8. Epub 2016 Aug 24.
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- The application of fractional CO2 laser in the treatment of vulvar lichen sclerosus. Li J. et al. Chin J Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2016 July; 17(4):298-301.
- Microablative fractional CO2-laser therapy and the genitourinary syndrome of menopause: An observational study. Pitsouni E. et al. Maturitas. 2016 Dec; 94:131-6. Epub 2016 Sep 16.
- Fractional CO2 laser treatment of the vestibule for patients with vestibulodynia and genitourinary syndrome of menopause: A pilot study. Murina F. et al. J Sex Med. 2016 Dec; 13(12):1915-7. Epub 2016 Nov 15.
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- Fractional CO2 laser: From skin rejuvenation to vulvo-vaginal reshaping. Filippini M. et al. Photomed Laser Surg. 2017; 35(3):171-5. Epub 2016 Dec 30.
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- Safety and long-term e cacy of fractional CO2 laser treatment in women su ering from genitourinary syndrome of menopause. Behnia-Willison F. et al. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. June 2017; 213:39-44. Epub 2017 Apr 2.
- Fractional CO2 laser therapy: a new challenge for vulvovaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women. Siliquini G.P. et al. Climacteric. Epub 2017 May 15.
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