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Self-Care 101: Vaginal Rejuvenation

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

After watching an episode of Red Table Talk where Jada Pinkett-Smith discussed her quest into the importance of yoni health as she matures, she explored a procedure using radio frequency to help her urinary incontinence. Due to my limited knowledge with energy-based treatments, I immediately became intrigued which led me to dig deeper into the advancement of technology for vaginal rejuvenation.

Vaginal rejuvenation covers several vaginal corrective techniques from non-invasive pelvic floor exercises to surgical methods. These procedures are meant to correct conditions that occur after giving birth or are a natural part the aging process. Conditions can include the loss of vaginal tightness (both for external appearance and internal feel), stress urinary incontinence, the lack of vaginal moisture, or vaginal atrophy (a medical condition due to menopause that causes vaginal dryness, irritation, soreness, and pain during sex). Today we are going to briefly touch on a couple non-surgical and surgical methods, but dissect the energy-based treatments that are available.🧐

🍒Treatment Options for Vaginal Rejuvenation🍒

Kegel and Pelvic Floor Exercises (non-surgical)

These exercises are meant to strengthen the muscles in and around the vagina. They can be done with or without weights such as Kegel balls or yoni eggs.

Vaginoplasty (surgical)

A surgical procedure that tightens the vagina by bringing the separated muscles together, and removing the extra mucosa skin from the back side of the vagina. The external skin can also be removed to improve appearance, which is called a labiaectomy. Recovery time may take up to 8-weeks.

Energy-based Treatments (non-surgical)

There are two types of energy-based treatments for vaginal rejuvenation. Both treatments use heat which enhances the production of elastin and collagen, revitalizing the tissue.

  • Radio-frequency (RF) laser treatment: Electromagnetic waves are used in RF devices. These waves are similar to those in a microwave, but to a lesser extent. The energy is focused to heat the tissue, stimulating cellular turnover which tightens the skin. Treatment is delivered in two parts, internally and externally affecting the vaginal canal and labia. This procedure is performed in multiple sessions with no downtime.

  • CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser treatment: The laser heats up the upper layers of the tissue, causing the tissue in the lower layers (the dermis) to produce more collagen, making the skin firmer and tighter. Downtime is about 3 days with restrictions as you heal. This procedure has been preferred in treating vaginal atrophy yielding more satisfactory results in comparison to other treatments.

It is important to note that some of the energy-based devices on the market are not approved for vaginal rejuvenation although they are being used. Most of them were created and cleared by the FDA for other functions, such as the destruction of abnormal or pre-cancerous cervical or vaginal tissue, as well as genital warts. However, just because these devices are not yet approved by the FDA for yoni rejuvenation does not invalidate their effectiveness. As I always recommend, do your research first and weigh out the pro's and con's as well as the side effects before your consultation. Ensure you choose a provider with the skill set to use these devices before agreeing to treatment. You only have one yoni, and she must be protected at all costs! (Red Table Talk on vaginal rejuvenation).

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