You’ve noticed lines and wrinkles appearing across your face and thinning skin developing on your hands and décolletage. These are some of the most obvious natural changes that happen over the years, but did you know your sexual health changes, too?
About 43% of women experience sexual dysfunction at some point in their lives. Symptoms include pain during sex, low sex drive, vaginal dryness, and more — and many of these issues become increasingly common with age.
Talking to your doctor about vaginal health might seem embarrassing, but that’s no reason to live with discomfort. At Advanced Urology’s offices in Los Angeles, Culver City, Redondo Beach, and San Pedro, California, our women’s health specialists offer nonsurgical vaginal revitalization with MonaLisa Touch® to counteract the natural changes of age and restore your confidence.
The ways that aging affects your sex life
It’s normal for your sex drive to fluctuation during your lifetime. But all too often, sex becomes less interesting and less enjoyable with age. These changes are due, in part, to the ways your vagina changes over the years.
Collagen is a protein that builds skin. It gives your skin elasticity and strength, but collagen naturally decreases over time. Decreased collagen contributes to wrinkles and thinning skin all over your body — including your intimate areas.
Lack of collagen can change the way your external genitalia look, including increased vaginal laxity. As collagen continues deteriorating, it can also contribute to vaginal dryness, decreased sensation, and pain during sexual intercourse.
Two hormones, estrogen and progesterone, are responsible for female sexual characteristics. During perimenopause and menopause, these hormones naturally decline.
Changing hormone levels before, during, and after menopause can have a significant impact on your sexual wellness. You might notice symptoms that include:
- Weakening pelvic floor muscles
- Urinary incontinence
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased sensation
- Inability to orgasm
- Low sex drive
Although menopause is one of the most common causes of these vaginal changes, some women notice similar changes before menopause. Pregnancy and childbirth can cause vaginal changes, as can gynecologic surgery or treatment for certain types of cancer.
How vaginal revitalization works
Vaginal changes are a normal part of getting older, but the negative impact these changes have doesn’t have to be. Vaginal revitalization can improve dryness, discomfort, and other common symptoms.
Our team specializes in MonaLisa Touch, a nonsurgical treatment to improve vaginal wellness. It’s a CO2 laser that stimulates tissue regeneration and collagen growth, with no anesthesia or downtime required.
To help you decide if vaginal revitalization is right for you, we review your medical history and your symptoms. We may recommend a series of four to six sessions for best results.
Each treatment session takes just five minutes. The laser stimulates new cell growth, and many women notice positive results within a few days of their first treatment. Vaginal lubrication and other symptoms continue improving over the following months.
You deserve a comfortable, satisfying sex life. Find out more about vaginal revitalization with a confidential consultation at Advanced Urology. Call the office nearest you or contact our team online now.