Can Vaginal Laxity Be Repaired?

Okay. Vaginal laxity may not be the topic of conversation at the dinner table.

But if you’re not familiar with the term, it’s a condition whereby the tissues outside the vagina loosen. This can lead to problems with the tissues twisting or even escaping the labia.

For many women who experience vaginal laxity, it can be an embarrassing and troublesome situation. It can even negatively impact sensation during intercourse. And it’s more common than you might think.

What Causes Vaginal Laxity?

Vaginal laxity is often the result of vaginal childbirth. Especially for women whose vaginal tissues were overstretched from having large babies and/or multiple births. For them, the vaginal tissue simply lost the ability to bounce back. This could have been further compounded by the use of forceps or other delivery instruments.

But aging is also a factor. With aging comes a reduction in collagen production. And collagen is a crucial protein for providing support to the tissues. So even women who didn’t experience childbirth can struggle with vaginal laxity. Plus, vaginal health changes tremendously in the years following menopause which complicates things further.

Can Vaginal Laxity Be Repaired?

In an attempt to avoid surgery, many women engage in pelvic floor training. They engage in isometric exercises such as Kegels to tighten the vaginal muscles. And while most women would not be advised against doing Kegel exercises, there’s currently no evidence to suggest they do anything for increasing vaginal tightening.

Fortunately, there are other options – both non-surgical and surgical. And each of these solutions is fairly simple and straightforward.

Taking the Non-Surgical Route

For women who are planning to have more children (or those who aren’t ready to try surgery yet), laser energy and radiofrequency (RF) treatments can be highly effective.

In both cases, the tissues are heated in order to increase collagen formation. Laser energy heats the vaginal tissues at a more surface level than RF and might be chosen in cases where the laxity isn’t as severe.

Meanwhile, RF takes the heating a bit deeper. A recent study shows the benefits of performing surface cooling after an RF treatment increases vaginal tightening and sexual function while protecting the vaginal skin.

So laser energy and RF could be fantastic options for treating vaginal laxity. Even so, some patients feel more confident in going the surgical route.

Opting for Vaginoplasty

Vaginoplasty is a procedure that falls under the wider umbrella of vaginal rejuvenation and it sounds more daunting than it is. Actually, it’s a minimally invasive procedure that involves tightening the vaginal canal and surrounding muscles. This is achieved by altering the lining of the vaginal canal, as well as the vaginal and perineal muscles.

Another benefit? Vaginoplasty can treat the urinary incontinence that becomes so common among women at later stages of their lives.

While this procedure stands well on its own, some patients choose to combine it with the aforementioned laser and RF treatments to reach optimal tightening as well as increasing natural lubrication.

The Solution Is in Sight

If you’re troubled by vaginal laxity, you do NOT have to accept it as a fact of motherhood and/or growing older. And fixing it is not a huge to-do.

So take the next step.

Contact us today to set up a free consultation to discuss treatment options such as laser energy, RF, or vaginoplasty. You deserve this!