Let’s talk about Vaginal Health
There are several urogynecological problems that occur in women as they age.
If you have been experiencing any symptoms, ask yourself the following questions.
- Do I involuntarily leak urine when I run, climb stairs, sneeze or laugh (also called urinary incontinence)?
- Do I have vaginal dryness, itching and burning on a regular basis?
- Do I suffer from painful intercourse?
- I have had 3 vaginal deliveries and I find my vaginal tissues loose compared to pre childbirth. Is there a non-invasive treatment for vaginal tightening?
- Do I want to take hormones for the above problem?
- Can I take hormones?
- Is there a solution to my problem that is simple and does not require medications or surgery?
- Who can I ask for medical advice regarding the above problems?
There is a simple and safe solution to treat all of the above.
It involves an in-office laser procedure that takes about 45 minutes. The effects are immediate and long-term, and involve no downtime and minimal side effects.
This is a revolutionary approach to treating women with “urogenital syndrome of menopause” an area of medicine that was previously neglected by medical practitioners.
The IncontiLase® is a non-invasive laser treatment for mild to moderate Stress Urinary Incontinence. (SUI).
The IntimaLase® laser treatment is designed to restore elasticity and moisture in the vaginal canal, also referred to as Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome. The laser actually helps to create vaginal tightening.
There exists an entity called GSM or Genitourinary syndrome of the menopause.
This includes vaginal atrophy, vaginal dryness and dyspareunia ( painful intercourse). The Intimalase® and Incontilase® addresse all these problems.
Despite the prevalence of women suffering from these conditions, many women experience symptoms and do not seek medical attention due to embarrassment or fear that they will require surgery.
The Er:Yag laser was introduced to gynecology about 15 years ago. It was advancement from the traditional and more ablative CO2 laser.
The FotonaSmooth is an exclusive mode of Erbium laser that is designed for nonablative vaginal rejuvenation.
How do the IncontiLase® and IntimaLase® laser treatments work?
The laser’s thermal effect on the vaginal mucosa stimulates collagen remodelling and neogenesis(synthesis of new collagen) in the vaginal mucosa tissue as well as the pelvic fascia. This results in a tightening of the fibres of the region of the anterior vaginal wall as well as the urethral orifice resulting in greater support to the bladder, tightening and thickening of the vaginal mucosa and surrounding fascia. This laser treatment improves urinary stress incontinence as well as vaginal tightening.
What does this mean on a clinical level?
After multiple studies worldwide, non-invasive laser treatment for women suffering from vaginal atrophy, stress incontinence, dyspareunia (painful intercourse) have been proven to be both safe and highly successful.
For vaginal atrophy, hormonal replacement therapy is considered to be the first choice. However, some women cannot tolerate hormones or cannot take hormones for medical reasons. These include women who have had breast or other post gynaecological cancer and are on anti hormonal therapies.
Other women with a history of blood clots will also be afraid to take hormones. The Erbium: Yag is a safe and efficient alternative to provide women with a symptom free life.
From the studies, we have found that 95% of patients will report vaginal tightness as moderately or strongly improved after 2 sessions.
95% of patients will report improvement of symptoms of mild to moderate stress incontinence and 70 % will report that they are dry after 120 days, some after only one session.
There is a high level of satisfaction (97%) both for urinary incontinence and sexual function and sensitivity. There is an escalation of results with subsequent treatments.
There is no down time and there are no adverse events.
We are now at the dawn of a new era of laser technology for women in both gynecology and urology. The latest innovative technology for treatments of common gynaecological problems such as incontinence and vaginal relaxation syndrome are simple and minimally invasive.
Women do no longer have to carry around the taboo of such frustrating symptoms that affect their daily quality of life.