CO2 laser vaginal rejuvenation is a recognised treatment of vaginal atrophy, vaginal laxity, dryness, improving incontinence and urinary leakage, improving mild prolapses, helps to restore the correct pH within the vagina by eliminating unhealthy bacteria and infections, improving dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse) and improvements in sex life.
Vaginal rejuvenation is particularly beneficial for women going through the menopause or peri-menopause as about 50% of women will suffer from one or more of the following:
Dryness, burning sensations, and irritation in the genital area
Poor vaginal lubrication, discomfort/pain with intercourse, impaired sexual function
An urgent need to urinate, painful urination, or recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)
What happens during Vaginal Rejuvenation?
All treatments are undertaken by qualified medical professionals (Doctor or Nurse) who have undertaken specific gynecology training. You will require an initial consultation prior to treatment being undertaken. During this we will take a full medical history and do an internal examination. A chaperone will be present if required. A test patch on the skin of the inner thigh will also be done to ensure the procedure is safe to proceed.
During treatment a small laser probe is inserted internally to treat the vaginal wall and a second hand piece then used is used to treat the external genitalia.
A course of 3 treatments at 4 weekly intervals is advised but further treatments can be done to improve symptoms further. Research has shown that improvements in vaginal health and patient satisfaction with the treatment can last 18 to 24 months.
What are the side-effects of Vaginal Rejuvenation?
There may be some discomfort and heat sensation during both the vaginal and vulva treatment. Often the internal application causes a vibration sensation rather than pain. Topical anaesthetic will be applied externally pre-treatment to reduce any discomfort.
Occasionally the treated area may become a little weepy, this is part of the normal healing process and will improve with time.
Cold compresses may be applied immediately after treatment and in the subsequent days if warmth, redness or swelling is of concern. Anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen, or anti-histamines may help this to settle quicker.
What can I expect after Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment?
Following treatment, small white dots may be visible on the external genitalia and some flaking may occur over the following days. It is important not to pick or scratch at these as this may lead to infection or scarring.
The area may feel warm and tight and there may be some redness and swelling
You may experience a watery vaginal discharge after the procedure which may last for several days, this is normal and nothing to be concerned about.
Very occasionally, there may be some bleeding or discharge post-treatment which will resolve within 48 hours.