ThermiVa and Vaginal Rejuvenation FAQ
For women, their reproductive system and genitalia can play a big part in their quality of life. Childbirth, hormonal changes, and age can cause sudden changes in the elasticity of the vaginal tissue. This is termed vaginal laxity. This loss of elasticity can result in urinary incontinence, decreased lubrication, and a loss of sensation.
ThermiVa is a non-surgical, vaginal rejuvenation procedure that utilizes radiofrequency energy to stimulate tissue into rebuilding collagen. With the replenishment of collagen, the vaginal tissue regains its natural elasticity. This results in increased lubrication, improved urinary continence, and restored sensitivity. In fact, there is an 80% success rate for treatment of vaginal laxity and mild-to-moderate urinary leakage! The customized treatments are painless, non-invasive, and done in the office.
If you have a history of breast, uterine or cervical cancer, this may be a good option for you! Radiation therapy can alter the elasticity of vaginal tissue and decrease the natural lubrication of the tissue. This is also a great treatment for women who cannot take hormone replacement. These issues can be treated directly with ThermiVa.
Another condition that ThermiVa successfully treats is Lichen Sclerosus. This is when the vulvar tissue becomes thin, fragile and painfully itchy. The gentle treatment of radiofrequency heat helps to restore the elasticity and alleviate discomfort.
Minimal! No serious complications from treatments using ThermiVa have been documented. There is a less than 5% chance of having no alleviation of symptoms. There is a less than 1% chance of any injury as a result of treatment.
The next step is to see if ThermiVa is right for you. Call the Women’s Healthcare Associates office to set up a consultation with one of our doctors. After your consultation, your doctor will decide if you are a good candidate for this type of treatment and go from there.
ThermiVa is intended for most women, but there are several instances wherein you would not be eligible for treatment. Disqualifying conditions are: pregnancy, active sexually transmitted disease, untreated urinary tract infections, severe cases of urinary incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse that is greater than stage two.
Very little! We do recommend that you trim or shave your pubic hair 3-5 days beforehand. If you wax the area, be sure to do it one week prior to treatment, to prevent the skin from becoming irritated.
Be sure to inform your doctor if you have genital herpes, as you may need to complete a course of antiviral suppression therapy before your appointment to prevent an outbreak.
The typical schedule for ThermiVa treatments is every four weeks for a total of three treatments. Your sessions will be very short, taking only about 45 minutes
Afterwards, many women come in once a year for maintenance treatment but discuss this with your doctor to decide what will be best for you.
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