Jada Pinkett Smith made headlines recently when she spoke about undergoing a vaginal rejuvenation treatment to resolve bladder issues on an episode of her Facebook series, Red Table Talk. It led to many people questioning what, exactly, vaginal rejuvenation treatment is, whether or not it’s safe, how it works and which treatment is best for them.
The simple answer is: it depends. There are several different treatment options available to fit a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from non-invasive to surgical, radiofrequency to laser and more.
When you hear the term “vaginal rejuvenation,” many think of a cosmetic or aesthetic procedure. In reality, these treatments are often performed to help relieve symptoms such as vaginal laxity, or a feeling of looseness, urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness and irritation or sexual dysfunction. While women may feel uncomfortable discussing these symptoms, they’re actually far more common than you might think. Up to one in three women experience bladder leakage, and nearly half of post-menopausal women suffer vaginal dryness and irritation.
Women can experience these symptoms at a variety of different stages in their life, meaning there’s a wide age range of women who may be candidates for a vaginal rejuvenation procedure. It’s important to discuss what you’re experiencing with your physician or health care provider so that they can help you decide what course of treatment may be right for you.
Obstetrician/Gynecologist Shawna Ruple, M.D., sees patients at MidMichigan Obstetrics & Gynecology in Midland. Dr. Ruple specializes in routine and problem gynecology care, gynecologic surgery, prevention of female reproductive cancers, birth control options, caring for women while pregnant and more. For more information on in-office treatments and procedures, contact her office at (989) 631-6730.