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“Feminine wellness” is more than a buzzword these days, and this surge of intimate awareness is driving the introduction of many new products and treatments that are intended to help women optimize their most personal body part. But feminine wellness isn’t justabout enhancing pleasure. This burgeoning area of self-care also strives to improve the side effects associated with experiences that are wholly unique to women, namely pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and menopause.
The main concerns
Every woman’s body is different, but we all have one thing in common: Estrogen. “Changes in estrogen levels due to childbirth, breastfeeding and menopause can lead to vaginal dryness and leave women feeling less comfortable and confident in the sex department,” explains Seattle gynecologist Sarah de la Torre, MD, FACOG, NAMS—but less natural lubrication is just the beginning.
Similar to the skin, vaginal tissue relies on collagen for its tautness and structure. According to Hillsborough, New Jersey gynecologist and author of Ultimate Intimacy: The Revolutionary Science of Female Sexual Health, Dr. Carolyn DeLucia, “During childbirth, the vagina can become overstretched, in turn damaging the collagen and creating a feeling of looseness or laxity, especially around the vaginal opening. Women who experience a loss of tightness may also notice decreased sensation and sexual satisfaction during intercourse. These symptoms can also begin (or worsen) later in life when approaching or entering menopause, as the decline of estrogen can lead to a thinning of the vaginal walls that contributes to additional loosening, interferes with arousal and potentially causes pain during intercourse.” Regardless of age, these intimate changes can have a negative impact on a woman’s sexual health, as well as her self-esteem.
Many women also experience stress urinary incontinence (SUI), which causes uncontrolled bladder leakage while laughing, sneezing, running, coughing, lifting or bending over. Primarily due to muscle weakening caused by pregnancy, vaginal childbirth and menopause, SUI tends to become more of a nuisance (and potentially embarrassing) over time.
Office-based “vaginal rejuvenation” treatments have become somewhat controversial, especially since the U.S. FDA warned that their safety and effectiveness have not been established. Yet a study published in the June 2019 issue of the Photomodulation, Photomedicine, and Laser Surgery journal found that Photobiomodulation Therapy (or PBMT) is indeed a safe and effective alternative to professional energy-based vaginal rejuvenation treatments—and the best part is that you can harness the power of this technology to improve sexual dissatisfaction, urinary incontinence and other symptoms of declining estrogen levels in the privacy of your own home.
vFit and vFit Plus are two such devices that feature red LED light, gentle heat and sonic vibrations to enhance overall intimate wellness. Dr. de la Torre shares, “In an independent study, 95% of women reported improved vaginal wellness after 60 days of use. Many of my patients are so pleased with the results that they find vFit is all they need to help improve sexual function, sensation, pleasure, intimacy and confidence at any age.”
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