diVA Laser: Paying Attention to Our Sexual Health

Just as we notice age-related changes to our face (sun spots, volume loss, wrinkling), we also experience age-related changes to other parts of our body! These changes can lead to unwanted side effects that should not be neglected. Keep reading to learn how the diVA laser treatment can help to address certain female sexual health concerns.

By: Kristin Gaskins, NP (a provider over at our sister company, Atalo Aesthetics)

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The Stigma Surrounding Sexual Health

Many women experience internal vaginal changes with age and after childbirth. These can include vaginal dryness, irritation, atrophy, painful intercourse, as well as urinary incontinence. These symptoms can be embarrassing for some and difficult to talk about, but women need to know that they are not alone and more importantly there are treatments available that can help treat these issues.

The providers at Your Wellness Center strive to create a welcoming and safe environment. This way, patients can feel comfortable talking about and addressing the sexual health concerns they may be facing. We know it can be difficult to discuss, but oftentimes the greatest hurdle to overcome is just starting the conversation. Sexual health is just as important as skin health. We seek to provide you with knowledge surrounding treatments like diVa so that you can make an informed decision on what is best for your body.

What Can A diVA Laser Treatment Help With?

diVa is a vaginal laser is a fractional hybrid laser. Ablative and non-ablative wavelengths are utilized to target deeper and superficial tissue. This helps create injuries in the vaginal tissue to then stimulate healthier tissue. It also helps stimulate new collagen. The combination results in healthier, more youthful vaginal tissue. 

What does that mean for patients? Healthier vaginal tissue will improve atrophy, and vaginal dryness by increasing lubrication, and even sexual satisfaction with a tightening effect. By stimulating collagen along the vaginal walls, there is also more support for the urethra. This can minimize urinary stress incontinence.

Oftentimes, sexual health concerns are brought on by an imbalance of hormones. A lot of patients at Your Wellness Center see great success with combining the diVA laser with hormone replacement therapy for women.

How Often Should You Have DiVA Done?

We recommend three treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart initially, followed by annual maintenance. It does take time for new tissue formation to occur. Most individuals will begin to see results after the second treatment. With results continuing to improve a few months after the third treatment.  During the appointment, your provider will apply topical numbing cream to the vaginal canal. This makes the procedure more comfortable for you.

The settings used during your treatment will be customized to your specific needs. There can be some pressure and sensitivity at certain times throughout the treatment. The treatment is relatively quick– only about 15-20 minutes total after you have been numbing.

What to Expect After Treatment & How to Get Started

It is normal to have some mild sensitivity to the vagina, as well as some light spotting for a day or so after treatment. For the first 2-3 days after treatment, no swimming, bathing, or anything placed in the vagina (this includes no intercourse). After that, you can resume all normal activities. 

So who is a good candidate for diVa? Any woman who is looking for a non-surgical way to improve vaginal health. If you have been through childbirth or are approaching or are in menopause, you can benefit from a diVa treatment. A complimentary, private consultation with one of the providers at Your Wellness Center here in Cincinnati, Ohio can provide you with an opportunity to discuss your concerns and desired outcomes from the procedure to make sure it is the right option for you. You can also call us at (513)-791-9474 with any questions or concerns. Learn more on our diVA treatment page here as well.

Again, you are not alone and there are ways we can help! We’re here whenever you’re ready.

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