With normal aging, many women start noticing symptoms related to their vaginal health that can negatively affect their lifestyle. Nearly 50% of post-menopausal women suffer from stress urinary incontinence and nearly 80% suffer from some degree of vaginal atrophy resulting in various symptoms such as vaginal dryness, itchiness, or burning, pain while having sex, and mild vaginal prolapse.
Many women who have undergone childbirth will also experience symptoms related to vaginal laxity which can have a severe impact on their sexual satisfaction. Vaginal laxity can lead to decreased sensation and sensitivity during intercourse. Many wrongly think this is the norm and nothing can be done to improve this situation, that this is part of the aging process.
FemTouch by Lumenis is a non-hormonal, laser-based vaginal rejuvenation treatment with the ability to fully restore vaginal tissue while improving vaginal health-related conditions. Some of the benefits of FemTouch include thicker tissue, increased natural lubrication, enhanced sexual pleasure, increased elasticity, and a decrease in urinary incontinence.
FemTouch procedures are safe, quick, virtually painless, and require no downtime. FemTouch applies laser energy directly to internal vaginal tissue in order to restore it back to a normal healthy functioning state. The FemTouch probe is inserted into the vagina to focus fractional CO2 laser beams along the entire vaginal wall. The laser creates tiny controlled micro-injuries in order to promote the remodeling of the vaginal mucous epithelium layer (vaginal lining) stimulating the regeneration of new vaginal tissue by triggering collagen production.
FemTouch vaginal rejuvenation treatments have been shown to improve sexual satisfaction in women. The FemTouch laser reverses vaginal dryness which in turn reduces uncomfortable or painful sexual intercourse. Rejuvenated vaginal tissue can also increase sexual pleasure and satisfaction for both the woman and her partner.
Most patients will need 3 FemTouch treatment sessions (spaced about a month apart a week following the patient’s menstrual cycle) to realize their desired final results. If urinary incontinence is being treated, a fourth treatment will be needed. Treatments take only a few minutes to perform. Patients are then recommended to undergo a once-yearly maintenance treatment to upkeep their vaginal health.
Laser vaginal rejuvenation requires no downtime or recovery time and women can get right back to normal daily activities. Patients should refrain from intercourse for 24 hours following their FemTouch treatment. There is no special aftercare required; however, the patient should avoid direct heat exposure, such as a hot shower or sauna, for 24 hours.
While a FemTouch procedure is not painful, some patients may experience minor pressure similar to a vaginal exam.
The FemTouch procedure is not covered by any insurance plans at this time. The cost is $1,000 per treatment. If all three treatments are paid for at the first treatment, the discounted cost is $2,700 (this also applies for the 4th treatment for stress urinary incontinence – $3,600).
Millions of women experience a variety of problems stemming from pre-pregnancy, post-delivery, and menopause. Each of these normal stages of life can take a toll on our bodies, particularly the vaginal area. One of the most common issues that affect women is stress urinary incontinence, sometimes referred to as “SUI”.
According to the Mayo Clinic, SUI is the unintentional loss of urine that typically coincides with physical movement or activity such as coughing, sneezing, running, or heavy lifting. These activities put pressure (stress) on your bladder which can cause it to leak.
An estimated 15 million adult women in the United States suffer from some degree of stress urinary incontinence. This roughly equates to 24% of women between the ages of 18 and 44 and 23% of women over the age of 60.
Stress urinary incontinence can be very embarrassing, to the point where the quality of life for many sufferers is negatively affected. SUI can limit both physical and leisure activity and cause some women to socially isolate themselves.
While pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of SUI, there are other contributing factors which can include:
Unfortunately, most women who suffer from some form of stress urinary incontinence often fail to properly address it. In a survey, the National Association for Incontinence found that women wait an average of 6.5 years from the time they first experience the symptoms to be properly diagnosed and receive treatment. The key symptom of stress urinary incontinence is unwanted urine leakage of any amount, from a few drops to a tablespoon or more. Mild SUI sufferers typically experience leaks during forceful physical activities while moderate to severe SUI results in leaks from normal activities like standing or walking.
If your answer to any of the following questions is “yes” we recommend seeking treatment as there are many ways to manage SUI:
FemTouch is a non-ablative CO2 laser that is used to treat SUI. The applicator of the FemTouch laser is inserted into the vaginal canal and creates microscopic holes into the vaginal lining. This triggers the natural healing process to occur where the old tissue is replaced by new healthy tissue, healing from the inside out. This new tissue provides a lining underneath the bladder so that the wall becomes thicker and more vascular. This will give the bladder the support it needs so that the bladder won’t leak. It also will tighten the tissue around the urethra and increase vascularity in that area to re-enforce the bladder not to leak while engaging in physical activity such as coughing, sneezing, running, jumping and heavy lifting.
In addition to addressing stress urinary incontinence, FemTouch helps with other issues relating to vaginal health including vaginal atrophy and urinary tract infections.
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