LAST MAY Rachel., 33, had her fins appointment at VSpot, a new medi-spa among the discreet dermatology and plastic surgery clinics of New York’s Upper East Side. But instead of a refreshed visage,VSpot promises a young, healthier, more effortlessly orgasm-ing vagina. “I have two Itids and wanted everything back to what it was like pm¬babiek” smis Rachel…The difference after die treatment was like night and day. Immediatelk I was more lubricated haat ig sex was a la easier without having to do as much, and both my husband and I were very happy?’ Width the past year aid a hilf no fewer than four new noninvasive treat,eat have launched in the U.S. claiming to reWtalize one’s vagina using energies She radio frequency (IlmsniVa),erbium,YAG (ImMuLase), or fractional CO’ (femiLift, MonaLisa Touch) to stimulate collagen production and better Hood flow. Depending on the device, each session takes fiom five to 30 mina. to perform (typical PI.Mcol Is two m,use treatment, spaced two to six weeks apart), and afterward women report that they are wetter, tighter, and mote “elastic.” They can feel the rend. as well:711e increased collagen leads to more friction during intercourse;’ says Carolyn DeLucia, a gynecologist at VSpot where they use the FemiLift.”And with more blood vessels in the area, there is an increased sensitivity that heightens the intensity of orgasms.”
The benefits usually begin to emerge within hours and continue to improve in the weeks that follow. And the treatment are reporhdly pain-free—some women feel warmth or vibrations. While side effects can include spotting and tenderness, they are rare, and recommended down.. is minimal, at most five days of abstin.ence from sex and tampons, but in many cases you cm have sex that same day.
Herek how it works: With your feet up in stirrups, the doctor inserts a probe that sweeps 360 degrees of the vaginal canal with pulses of enemy, explains Eric Sokol, an modaze professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford University Medical Cent, currently conducting studies with the MonalisaTouchThe tido responds by kicking off a flood of secretion and circulation, and activating collagen-creating cells that thicken and redevelo the ynal walls. Eventually even the pH and natural bacteria levels can start to implore, adds Mickey Karram, director of unigynecol¬ogy at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, who also uses the MonaLisa Touch. So far, remit appear ea last for at least a year before a maintenance visit is needed. Cost, 8600-S1,500 per session.
So who is a mndidate? Anyone who suffers from laxity due to aging, childbirth, and/or “vaginal atoupbt” tenn for severe dryness and stiffness caused by a drop in estmgen, usually from menopause. But research is ongoing to determine which devices are best for laxity and which are best Inc dryness Monslisa Touch is often recommended fa aimphic symptoms, while Therm-Ye is emerging as a favorite for tightening.Until now standard treatments have been Kegels (somewhat helot,’ if you actually do them) Jae] estrogen treatmems for dryness like creams (effec¬My but tedious), or tightening surgeries (lengthy downtime with a risk of scarring). Of course, as with all laser procedures, there are possible complications such as infection if downfune rules aren’t followed.”And would avoid this if you arm* done having childreesays Cheryl Iglesia, a professor of obstetrim gynecology and urology at Georgetown Univer¬sky School of Medicine.”You don’t coact to risk scarring something like your cervix,” Karramk roman is about who performs the procedure, “Be wary of dermatologist and plastic surgeons offering these treament. The female sexual response is wry complex, and they don’t necessarily understand how to do a gynecological exam or the hormone imolved” What remains hard to dismiss, however, are the powerful anecdotes from women who have taken the plunge.Talre Melanie*, 57,a mother of three adult sons (all delivered vaginally) who struggled with a worsening lomeneas”aher the birth °flier youngest 30 years ago. Menopause -related dryness followed.Then,last spring,Melanick urogynecoloMst suggested ThermiVa. Her husband of 3S years encouraged her to go “It felt like I was in my 20s,” she says of the results of her three treatment sessions. “I regained &mations down there that I forgot E ever had.” Companies arc listeninll At least two more intervaginal treatments are in the pipeline for the U.S. market, and VSpot has its eye on expanding the business.Will you soon see one on a comer near you? Sit tight.