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If you’ve ever seen advertisements for vaginal rejuvenation, you might take into consideration making the vagina look “younger.”

The time period itself is extremely obscure, and gynaecologists like Dr. Farid Abdel Hadi of Whitby, Ont., say many physicians don’t agree with the time period or its definition. “We agree on the common meaning of ‘make young again,’ but this is as vague as it gets,” he advised Global News. “Vaginal rejuvenation means making the vagina feel, work, or function ‘young’ again.”

Dr. Julie Khanna of ICLS Dermatology & Plastic Surgery in Oakville, Ont. provides that vaginal rejuvenation is an umbrella time period encompassing many elements of vaginal-related procedures.

“It is a treatment of the vulva and the vagina for concerns that women have, including medical and aesthetic,” she stated. “This includes treatments in the form of surgery and non-surgical options.”

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Some of the commonest procedures, she provides, embrace vaginal tightening, labiaplasty (altering the labia minora and the labia majora) and even procedures that add fats to the labia majora.

Earlier this week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed a warning to customers, including some gadgets used for vaginal rejuvenation could have severe uncomfortable side effects.

“We’ve recently become aware of a growing number of manufacturers marketing ‘vaginal rejuvenation’ devices to women and claiming these procedures will treat conditions and symptoms related to menopause, urinary incontinence or sexual function,” the assertion stated. “The procedures use lasers and other energy-based devices to destroy or reshape vaginal tissue. These products have serious risks and don’t have adequate evidence to support their use for these purposes. We are deeply concerned women are being harmed.”

Energy gadgets

Khanna provides that these energy-based gadgets embrace something that may ship vitality, together with lights, lasers and radio frequency. “I’m glad the FDA is shedding light on these topics, we need more openness [with] vaginal procedures. We need more evidence-based studies that are concrete so we can say this device works and this one doesn’t.”

These gadgets warmth the tissue to a sure preset temperature vary, Hadi stated.

“The ideal temperature should be high enough to stimulate the tissues. The vagina will start growing new tissues and new blood vessels. This will also bring along tissue growth factors and certain tissue building cells that will ‘rejuvenate’ the vagina and the tissues around it,” he defined. “Naturally, the ideal temperature should be below the temperature range that may cause tissue damage or destruction.”

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He provides there are two fundamental applied sciences, lasers and radio frequency, and lots of are being examined to see their uncomfortable side effects. “The thing that most of these devices have in common is that most of them have shown some benefit for treatment of mild laxity and have shown improvement in intimacy,” he continued. “Do not expect, though, to get the results of surgery without having actual surgery done.”

Health Canada can also be chargeable for monitoring what distributors and suppliers are doing with these gadgets and have even advised distributors prior to now to cease making claims that weren’t scientifically confirmed, Hadi provides.

“Some vendors will only sell their machine if a properly licensed MD works with the buying party. Others will only deliver the vaginal treatment set to a physician’s care to make sure only a qualified professional will use them.”

Unfortunately, individuals don’t at all times go to board-certified specialists and find yourself having dangerous procedures. “They don’t go to people who are going to follow up and do the due diligence when they look at machinery,” Khanna stated.

The taboos round it

But girls are nonetheless uncomfortable to speak about their altering vaginas. Itchiness, dryness and even tightening vaginal canals are nonetheless thought of taboo subjects, Khanna stated, which is an issue.

“We don’t talk about female sexuality, it’s accepted to talk about erectile dysfunction, but it was not until recently we talked about issues that affect women,” she stated. “The internet has been the only place that has given us [knowledge] because many women are quiet about this.”

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She provides that new expertise has allowed professionals to supply sufferers extra choices, however on the finish of the day, girls shouldn’t really feel ashamed or judged for desirous to “rejuvenate” that a part of their physique.

“I see so many women who say they didn’t know where to go or who to talk to… they don’t want to even talk to their friends about it.”

Finding knowledgeable

If vaginal rejuvenation is one thing you’re contemplating, ensure you perceive the dangers and choices.

“Reputable spas and medi spas will arrange a consult for you with a qualified physician,” Hadi defined. “You will then be advised on the pros and cons of the treatment you are getting, as well as possible other modalities of treatment that may benefit you. They might even sometimes tell you that this treatment is not good for you.”

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Always ask questions, ideally to a doctor who specializes within the space you’re treating.

“Do the same research that you would do before seeing a dentist. It is about your health so take good care of it.”

arti.patel@globalnews.ca

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