Various factors can cause the decline of vaginal muscle definition over time, sadly for some, the thought of seeking vaginal tightening treatment may be a step too far and they choose to put up with the symptoms or to take up kegel exercises to attempt to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
So, what is the best long term solution, Kegels or a vaginal tightening treatment?
What Causes Vaginal Laxity?
The vagina is formed by a muscle group that is highly elastic in nature, returning to their place after being pulled and released. But sometimes, due to various different factors, these muscles, among other vaginal tissues, can lose their tightness and sensitivity, resulting in a medical condition known as vaginal laxity.
Although some women feel embarrassed to discuss any intimate area issues it is actually a very common problem that affects approximately 75% of women worldwide at some point in their lives. Although vaginal laxity can cause decreased satisfaction during intercourse, most women take this problem as a normal part of life without knowing that nowadays, there are many options to improve vaginal elasticity and strength.
Symptoms may include:
- Decreased sexual function and libido.
- Sounds produced by the expulsion of air during sex, exercises, or some specific movements.
- Loss of vaginal lubrication.
- Problems with achieving orgasm during intercourse and lower sexual satisfaction.
causes of vagina laxity
There are many reasons why this condition occurs and while these causes may differ somewhat from woman to woman, the most common causes being ageing and childbirth. The ageing process affects everyone’s body and the loss of collagen fibres makes the skin and other tissues thinner; vaginal tissues are also affected by this. Another consequence of ageing is menopause, which is a phase where oestrogen production diminishes. This hormone is related to the growth, maintenance, and repair of the vaginal tissues.
Pregnancy and childbirth can also drastically change a woman’s body. It does not matter if a woman has had natural labour or a cesarean section, the pressure of the pregnancy will affect the pelvic muscles and the vaginal tissues.
Are Kegels An Effective Vaginal Tightening Treatment?
For many years, in order to avoid going under the knife and having potentially painful surgery to improve vaginal laxity, exercise enthusiasts expounded the virtues of Kegel floor exercises. When you consider the surgical option, this is not that surprising as it is expensive, often quite painful, not always successful, and the recovery time is extensive.
In contrast, Kegel exercises, which are simple clench-and-release exercises that you can do to make the muscles of your pelvic floor stronger, seem an attractive and pain-free alternative. The pelvic floor is essentially a series of muscles and tissues that forms a sling at the bottom of your pelvis which holds your organs in place. A weak pelvic floor may lead to issues such as the inability to control your bowels or bladder.
However, there is no definitive evidence that Kegels are effective in improving the strength and tone of the vaginal muscles that have been stretched. These exercises are not intended to tighten the muscles of the vagina directly, instead, they may be used to help strengthen and tighten the pelvic floor muscles that surround the vagina. This, in turn, may increase feelings of vaginal tightness both at rest and when the woman voluntarily contracts her pelvic floor muscles.
In short, although pelvic floor training and Kegel exercises are often recommended for tightening the vaginal muscles, they are generally ineffective in tightening the vaginal walls.
ThermiVa Vaginal Tightening Treatment
ThermiVa delivers controlled thermal (heat) energy to the labia and vagina. This treatment gently heats the labial and vaginal tissue to enhance and promote the growth of new collagen, whilst simultaneously improving blood supply and nerve tissues.ThermiVa is a non-surgical pain-free treatment so there are no cuts or scars in the vaginal tissues, and it works instantly. Women with any of the following symptoms may benefit from ThermiVa treatment:
- Women who have had big babies, multiple births, or traumatic deliveries, with symptoms of mild prolapse and the feeling of ‘something coming down’ in the vagina.
- Women who have been referred for physiotherapy for their prolapse symptoms.
- Menopausal women who suffer from vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse
- Mild incontinence (leakage on coughing, sneezing, running, or exercising)
At PHI Clinic, we would usually recommend a course of 3-4 ThermiVa treatments approximately 4 to 6 weeks apart. Each treatment takes approximately 30-40 minutes and the results are almost immediate with improvement continuing after each treatment. We consider ThermiVa to be a maintenance treatment so you may benefit from a treatment every 9-12 months following your initial course.
Due to ThermiVa’s gentle heating method, there is no downtime required, so you can immediately and safely resume your normal activities with minimal side effects.
To arrange a discreet consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced ThermiVa nurses, you can call us on 02070345999 or email email@example.com to get in touch with our clinicians directly.