While many countries offer free health benefits and perks for women, France goes above and beyond, offering new mothers the chance to undergo a vaginal rejuvenation process. This is mostly paid for by the French government and aims to improve and rebuild the strength of pelvic floor muscles after giving birth.
The rejuvenation process comes in the form of classes, gymnastics and training. Being famous for some time now, vaginal rejuvenation procedures offer women the chance to improve both cosmetic and functional purpose.
Functional and Cosmetic Purposes
As expected, the process has been met with some commotion; vaginal rejuvenation now being dubbed as “designer vagina”. This procedure may cost up to $7,900 AUD according to a Costhetics website estimate.
Candidates for the procedure include:
- women who have congenital problems
- women who have recently given birth
- women who have vaginal laxity
- women who have some other clinical need for it
Some women may undergo a combination procedure which includes vaginoplasty, labiaplasty and/or hymeoplasty. This involves the tightening of the vagina’s inner and outer muscles in an attempt to improve tone, strength and control. These procedures are usually included in the “Mommy Makeover” plastic surgery trend.
Negative connotations began to circle the procedure after many celebrities advertised it as something done purely for aesthetic purposes, discouraging those with legitimate needs from having the procedure.
On professional examination, women who have the following symptoms may consider the procedure:
- Genitalia that have changed structure, altered and stretched over time
- Soreness and pain when doing normal activities or when one engages in sexual activity, cycling or horseback riding
- Reduced sensations during intercourse due to giving birth multiple times
Most doctors advise women to try exercises or physical training before jumping into procedures. If rejuvenation classes don’t work, a procedure can be reconsidered.
The procedure is done mostly through laser technology. 18-24 hours of postoperative pain control is necessary in the form of general or local anaesthesia, with or without sedation. Extra tissue is removed with laser while extra skin is sutured inside the vagina.
Labiaplasty involves a similar laser procedure, where the undesired tissue is outlined with surgical marker. The laser will work to remove extra tissue and the absorbable sutures are then put in place. The procedure takes about an hour to perform and may require patients to stay the night after the procedure.
The procedure claims to restore genitals to pre-pregnancy state, however, to make sure issues don’t arise, patients are required to attend post-surgery clinic visits.
Risks and complications after a procedure may include redness, swelling, bleeding, bruising, hematoma and infection. Very rare cases include:
- changes in sensation
- allergic reaction
- damage to the structure
- urinary infection
- altered libido
These complications can often be prevented if the right precautions are taken; have an experienced doctor, follow doctor instructions and take the required medications.
Another alternative procedure for cases of vaginal atrophy (usually associated with menopause) also includes laser treatment, however, does not include any incisions or suturing. Symptoms includes dryness, irritation, itching and pain during sexual intercourse. Elasticity in older age usually becomes an issue during atrophy, and many women seek to have this corrected.
The non-invasive alternative called MonaLisa Touch makes use of genital laser treatments that stimulate collagen production, improving elasticity. This particular procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and can be done in fifteen minutes per session.
Another alternative isthe labial puff procedure. This includes the injection of fat into the labia majora, helping to conceal the labia minora. The procedure uses topical numbing cream before the main injecting is done.
IntimaLase, another non-surgical option, requires no pre or post-procedural preparations. A laser tightens the vaginal tissues through the use of precisely placed photo thermal laser pulses. No cutting or bleeding occurs and no discomfort is reported. The procedure heats the collagen around the tissues which makes it contract and tighten the vaginal walls, improving elasticity. It is important to note this alternative may not address problems as successfully as surgical procedures.
Although there are still a lot of studies that need to be conducted before vaginal rejuvenation gains public acceptance, it can’t be denied that this exclusive treatment offers huge benefits to those who seek it.
Rejuvenation can address normal function problems like bladder incontinence. Aesthetically, the procedure enhances appearance, giving it back tone and firmness. And in terms of pleasure during intimacy, the rejuvenation procedure is said to help a lot.
Other non-medical alternatives to try
Kegel exercises help to focus on the tissues and muscles in the vaginal walls and the pelvic floor. Expanding and contracting these muscles may help restore vaginal elasticity and strength.
Herbal topical creams and supplements are not recommended, as most are unregulated and untested. However, it is worth mentioning that there are products that claim to be organic. Ask a doctor before using these.
Yoga, aside from its meditative benefits, may help in muscle tightening across the whole body. Regular exercise and specific yoga poses may help tighten the muscles down there.
This alternative promises to give quick results with accompanying exercises. Again, seek a doctor’s approval before taking any pills.
Vaginal cones look like regular tampons but they have different weights attached to each of them. You will be required to contract your muscles to hold it in place, maintaining this for 15 minutes before letting it drop. Done twice a day, these cones can help increase muscle strength. You may need to increase the weight of the cone as you progress.
Many women today are embracing the reality of the need to address genitalia concerns. And as more help is being offered in this aspect of life, they are gaining the courage to finally seek help.