For 68 to 85.5 percent of postmenopausal women, sexual dysfunction is part of the aging process, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be.
Sexual dysfunction can be particularly infuriating because it can strike at any age. Women who are still in the prime of their lives, still young enough and physically-able enough to have sex may be prevented from doing so because of sexual dysfunction.
This can be a huge cause of personal and emotional stress in women and can also contribute to stress in their relationships. Multiple studies have found that couples which have regular sexual intercourse tend to stay together longer.
According to the Mayo Clinic, sexual dysfunction in women includes low sexual desire, trouble getting aroused, difficulty achieving orgasm, or pain that ensues during sexual stimulation or vaginal contact. This can be caused by a natural loss of hormones that can also lead to fatigue and vaginal dryness.
Lack of confidence can also contribute to preventing women from initiating sexual contact with their spouse or other sexual partners. One source of that lack of confidence can stem from the loosening of the labia.
FemiWave™ is a drug-free, laser-free, minimally invasive procedure that uses low-intensity sound waves (also referred to as acoustic wave therapy) to restore sensation and increase natural lubrication.
There are no known side effects and no downtime after the procedure. Patients can enjoy the results the same night. FemiWave™ can also treat urinary incontinence and stimulate the release of growth factors in vaginal tissue, resulting in the generation of new blood vessels.
ThermiVa® is a non-invasive, non-hormonal treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to mildly heat tissue. There is little to no discomfort and no downtime. Patients of this procedure can also enjoy the results that same night. The tissue tightening, which occurs in the labia, happens because collagen fibrils denature and contract.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “women with significant laxity may not experience a benefit from these treatments and may be better candidates for surgical tightening with vaginoplasty.”
Women should consult their physician to see which procedure is the best fit for them.