Designer Vaginas: Can New Technology Save Your Sex Life?

Fancy a revitalised and improved vagina, ladies? A new non-invasive and inexpensive laser vaginal rejuvenation treatment is being hailed with the life-changing power to restore vaginal tissue and cure vaginal atrophy – and save your sex life in the process. Thank you, science!

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Vaginal atrophy, also called atrophic vaginitis, is the thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to women’s bodies producing less estrogen. It commonly occurs during breastfeeding and after menopause. Cue uncomfortable vaginal dryness, thrush and vaginismus – oh the joys!

Now, hope is on the horizon if you’re no longer as juicy Lucy as you’d like. Indeed, this surgery-free, vaginal rejuvenation Mona Lisa Touch treatment, as it’s also known, could well save your sex life says Sydney sexologist, Dr Michelle Mars (pictured), who specialises in the sociology of sex gender and sexual well-being.

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Dr Mars also believes the treatment is very exciting from a natural medicine perspective. “What we see is a relatively non-invasive and inexpensive treatment solution which can treat the problem of vaginal atrophy and – especially when used in combination with the ancient Chinese arts – cure it,” she says.

“At any time in your life when oestrogen diminishes vaginal atrophy can occur. The PH balance of the vagina changes and with this change often comes itching, dryness, thrush and a host of other sometimes painful complications.

“The new laser therapy rejuvenates the vagina in the same way laser therapy can rejuvenate the face. Your doctor can see the difference, but it is not so much about changing the appearance of the vagina as changing the function.”

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And while vaginal rejuvenation may seem like a special, new brand of torture to some – for others, it’s a sure-fire way to boost your sex life, not to mention your poor vagina in the process, with minimal risks.

“Many women will only experience mild symptoms of vaginal atrophy. Dryness and the change of PH can be mediated with lube and treatments for the occasional bought of thrush. However, for those with major symptoms, laser can be a life-changer and the risks are much less than surgery,” Dr Mars says.

“In some cases over time bodies will heal, however, a lack of sexual responsiveness over time tends to lead to a lack of desire and when vaginas don’t receive attention, they tend to become tight and unresponsive. Laser surgery brings back the physical responsiveness and with some physical therapy and sometimes a bit of counselling the rest can follow.”

Treatment costs are about $400 per treatment, with some women cured in a single appointment, Dr Mars says. More severe cases may require further treatment. See your GP for more information.

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What do you think? Is vaginal rejuvenation special, new torture or an amazing scientific discovery?

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What Is Vaginal Rejuvenation?

If you’ve ever watched the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, you’ll already know what I’m talking about when I say the words “vaginal rejuvenation.” But, if you’re not prone to binge watching seasons of trashy, reality television (good on you!), you might be curious to learn and surprised to find out just how much it is happening in the world today.

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Famously or infamously, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and former model Brandi Glanville has spoken openly about undergoing vaginal rejuvenation surgery, making her “kitty 17 again.” How about that for a movie plot?

More women, not just in Hollywood, are starting to jump on the trend and are opting to get the surgery which is fondly known as a facelift for your lady parts. Considering facelifts are quite painful, it’s hard to imagine getting surgery on your vag – but being self-conscious after ageing, having babies, wanting a tight hoo-hoo, wanting a better sex life and a combination of all of the above are among the top reasons for the procedure.

It’s a personal decision which should not have any judgement around it, just like any other cosmetic procedure, but let’s take a look at what really goes into getting a vaginal rejuvenation. Vaginal rejuvenation can involve labiaplasty and/or vaginoplasty. Labiaplasty is used to change the shape or size of the labia majora or labia minora, usually making them smaller or more symmetrical. Vaginoplasty aims to tighten the actual vagina. Some surgeons use lasers, others use traditional scalpel methods and some use a combination of both.

Vaginoplasty can involve reconstruction or tightening of the vaginal wall and/or pelvic floor muscles and a decrease in the diameter of the vagina. There may also be a removal of lining from the vaginal vault. There is no one specific procedure as a consultation is needed to determine the individual’s needs.

There are risks of undergoing any surgery and vaginal rejuvenation is no different. Scarring, infection and wound separation can happen, but if the area is cared for properly, it should be unlikely. It takes around 6 weeks to heal and until you will be able to resume exercise and sexual activity.

There are vaginal rejuvenation clinics in most major cities now as the cosmetic procedure becomes more popular. Many women feel an empowerment from the procedure and are happier to regain their vaginal youth. The procedure can cost anywhere from $2000 to $12, 000 depending on what you want and need to get done.

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