Vaginal tightening procedure successfully treats urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction in Lake Forest, IL
Natural aging processes, pregnancy, and other issues can lead to looseness in the vagina, which can result in uncomfortable issues that negatively affect your quality of life such as urinary incontinence or sexual dysfunction. Dr. Sanjay Gandhi and his associates at Partners in Pelvic Health in Lake Forest, IL are experienced in diagnosing and treating these common issues. One procedure that has a high success rate as both a urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction treatment is called vaginal tightening. With modern advances in technology and medical care, this procedure can be done with a minimally invasive approach to help you regain your old self and improve your quality of life.
Benefits of vaginal tightening
A loose vagina can cause several issues for your medical and sexual health. By undergoing a vaginal tightening procedure, women can experience the following benefits:
- Improved bladder function: You may not think that your vagina is related to your bladder or urinary problems, but a lax vaginal structure can impair your bladder’s ability to function properly. With a vaginal tightening procedure, your bladder function can be restored so you don’t need to worry about embarrassing leakage issues when you are at work or home.
- Improved sexual function: Pregnancy and childbirth can loosen your vaginal structure and diminish your sexual satisfaction. By tightening the vagina, both you and your partner will have a better sexual experience.
- Repaired pelvic organ prolapse: A vaginal tightening procedure can repair prolapsed pelvic organs, which occurs when your uterus and/or bladder drop into your vaginal area instead of staying in the proper place in your pelvis. This condition can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms that vaginal tightening can help resolve.
Options for treatment
There are several different types of vaginoplasty options. The right choice depends on your specific condition, treatment goals, and preferences. Dr. Sanjay Gandhi is committed to a personalized approach to your care and will discuss the pros and cons of the treatment choices that are suitable for your needs.
The MonaLisa Touch procedure is a non-invasive vaginal tightening option. In this procedure, the doctor uses a simple laser probe that gently delivers energy to the tissues in your vagina. The energy targets both the surface tissues and the underlying, deeper tissues and promotes collagen production to rejuvenate the tissues. The procedure is very quick—in fact, it typically only lasts about five minutes—and can be done in the office with no downtime afterwards. Most patients experience little discomfort during the procedure, and anesthesia is usually not needed. Afterwards, you may need to refrain from sexual activity for a few days, but there are very few side effects from the procedure. You may need a few treatments to achieve the results you are seeking.
Another way you can achieve vaginal tightening is through bladder surgery or vaginal surgery. In a vaginoplasty, or surgical vaginal tightening procedure, your vaginal muscles that have been separated will be brought together and any extra skin in the back of your vagina will be removed. This procedure is typically done under general anesthesia for your comfort. A pelvic sling or vaginal mesh may be placed into your vagina to treat pelvic organ prolapse, which will help with symptoms such as urinary incontinence or pain during sexual intercourse. After bladder or vaginal surgery, you will likely have one to two weeks of downtime and you will need to refrain from sexual intercourse for up to eight weeks.
Determining if you are a good candidate
If you suffer from urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, or other issues with your pelvic floor, the first step to recovering your body’s natural function is to schedule a consultation with a highly qualified doctor who can correctly diagnose and treat the issue. Dr. Sanjay Gandhi has years of experience in helping women restore their quality of life through pelvic disorder treatment. He will conduct a thorough examination to determine the root cause of your issues and then work together with you to decide on a treatment plan that is best suited for your specific medical issues, goals, and preferences.
Optimal candidates for vaginal tightening procedure are women who are in good health and who have realistic expectations about the results from the treatment. Dr. Gandhi walks through what to expect during and after the procedure so you are well-informed and can make the best decision for your health.