Vaginal Laxity / Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome(VRS)
Have you caught yourself wondering if your partner notices that your vagina is looser? Have you ever tried to discretely squeeze during sex to tighten your vaginal muscles (I have to admit I have)
Did you know?….. that 58% of women loose vaginal tightness after childbirth.
What Is Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome (VRS)?
Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome (VRS) is caused by vaginal trauma. The Number 1 cause of VRS is vaginal childbirth.
Many women and particularly their partners are concerned if the vagina returns back to normal following vaginal delivery. Your obstetrician might have reassured you that everything is going to be just alright.
But technically, this is NOT true. Fact is fact and we cannot change that. Your vagina will never retain the same tightness or size after childbirth.
Vaginal childbirth stretches the vaginal tissues beyond their elastic limits.
Yes vaginal tears suffered during delivery can heal completely and muscles can restrengthen BUT the vagina will forever be larger then its original size. The change in size does not intervene with the ability to have penetrative sexual intercourse, but the quality of your vaginal intercourse can be reduced.
How Do I Know I Have VRS?
So the pertinent questions you and your partner need to ask yourselves…
- Does your vagina feel loose when having intercourse?
- Does the penis feel like it does not have that tight grip around it when in the vagina?
- Does it feel like there’s no friction with intercourse?
- Do you find you have less sensation with intercourse since childbirth?
In some women these symptoms are very apparent and they have what we call Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome (VRS).
Is There A Solution For Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome?
New advancements in medicine now offers Vaginal Laser – fractional ablative CO2 lasers and Radiofrequency (RF) Vaginal Devices to address this problem.
How Exactly Do These Treatment Cause Vaginal Tightening?
Collagen fibers are composed of a triple helix of protein chains intertwined into a complex structure.
When collagen fibers are heated to specific temperatures, the links between this complex structure breakdown and the collagen contracts. Contraction causes the triple helix to fold, creating thicker and shorter collagen fibers which are
thought to be the mechanism of action of immediate tissue tightening .
Then the partially broken collagen serves as a signal for new collagen synthesis. This ability to create new elastic tissue makes these thermal based devices effective in treating vaginal laxity
Most studied of which is the CO2 (carbon dioxide) lasers and the Erbium YAG lasers.
- CO2 lasers used in vaginal rejuvenation are fractional lasers which create multiple little column of intentional damage through the top layers of the vaginal walls
- CO2 lasers are able to penetrate deeper that Erbium YAG lasers alone reaching closer to the layer of the vagina where the collagen lives
- this is where you want the purposeful damage to reach so that there can be enough stimulation for new collagen to form
- involves the use of a vaginal probe (it is not larger than a fully erected penis) that is placed in the vaginal canal
- the laser device is inserted into the probe and applied to the entire length of the vaginal canal
- Laser beams are then painlessly emitted
- Heats the vaginal mucosa up to target temperature of between 40-45 degrees
- At this temperature range, it has been shown to produce immediate superficial tissue shrinkage (with which comes a degree of tightening) and deep stimulation of the collagen layer of the submucosa
Can Surgery Be Done For VRS?
Yes. Vaginoplasty is a surgical technique for vaginal tightening aim to modify the vaginal diameter by surgically removing extra vaginal tissue.
This technique is far more invasive and carries more risks as compared to Vaginal Lasers and Radiofrequency Technology.
Speak to our Doctors at Insync Medical if you feel laxity is an issue you are facing and if you would like learn more about what you can do to correct this. Our Female Doctors are ready to listen to your issues. Visit us at InSync Medical Located along East Coast Road in the heart of Katong, Singapore. We also open on Sundays to Serve you.
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