Is vaginal rejuvenation for you?
Trends come and go - remember when everyone was crazy about kale?? Lately, we’ve been seeing vaginal rejuvenation pop up more and more on the menus of medical spas and we were intrigued. It’s helped open a dialogue on female sexuality but is this trend here to stay?
What is it?
Vaginal rejuvenation is a non-surgical laser treatment that targets both internal and external vaginal health using fractional lasers.
Vaginal rejuvenation sounds like it makes vaginals look younger but it’s more about making them function younger. As we age, hormone levels drop, which in turn affects the tone and texture of your vagina. The laser treatment promotes collagen to tighten the inside and outside of your vagina, as well as increase blood flow and lubrication for heightened sexual sensation, and make the texture of your vagina more plump overall.
Why do it?
So why do we need vaginal rejuvenation? Vaginal rejuvenation is used to treat:
- Sensitivity and pain from sex
- Lowered sexual interest
- Wrinkled appearance of the labia and vulva
Typically, you’re numbed with a topical cream so the treatment itself should be pain-free. Compared to surgical options, vaginal rejuvenation requires significantly less downtime (1-3 days). There may be some mild discomfort for the first few days, and the results can be seen within a couple of weeks.
Is vaginal rejuvenation safe?
As it’s a fairly new trend, the science still has to catch up when it comes to vaginal rejuvenation benefits and risks.
Vaginal rejuvenation risks
In extreme cases and if the treatment is not performed properly, risks may include:
- Slight burning when you pee
- Vaginal burns
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Recurring or chronic pain
In 2018, the FDA issued an urgent warning: "We've recently become aware of a growing number of manufacturers marketing 'vaginal rejuvenation' devices to women and claiming these procedures will treat conditions and symptoms related to menopause, urinary incontinence, or sexual function. These products have serious risks and don't have adequate evidence to support their use for these purposes. We are deeply concerned women are being harmed."
However, the FDA warning did not turn people or practitioners away from the trend completely as it’s growing increasingly common. Vaginal rejuvenation was one of the fastest-growing treatments at medi-spas in 2017 and since then it’s only continued to become more and more commonplace. Rather, the warning helped encourage medi-clinics and spas to use proper equipment, techniques, and safety features to cater to clients’ concerns. As more research is conducted and as more and more practitioners are taking the effort to make this treatment as safe as possible, we suspect vaginal rejuvenation is a treatment that is here to stay.
Is vaginal rejuvenation needed?
About 43% of women suffer from some form of sexual dysfunction.
One thing that vaginal rejuvenation helped do is open and encourage a dialogue about female sexuality and sexual wellness that women previously did not feel comfortable talking about. Female sexuality has a ways to go before being discussed openly and freely yet it’s normal to talk about male erectile dysfunction. Topics such as vaginal itchiness, dryness and tightening vaginal canals are still considered taboo topics but that’s slowly starting to change.
As with most things, some risks come with the benefits. The beauty industry is largely unregulated so if you do decide to get vaginal rejuvenation, please do research on the clinic and the type of equipment they’re using and when in doubt, always consult your doctor. Or if you decide the laser treatment is not for you, there are always kegel exercises and other pelvic floor exercises that help strengthen your vagina that you can try.
At the end of the day, women shouldn’t feel ashamed or judged for wanting to rejuvenate or improve themselves however and wherever they see fit, whether it’s their area down there or anywhere.