Learn here about the best methods to treat vaginal prolapse.
Vaginal prolapse can also be referred to as vaginal vault prolapse or vaginal wall prolapse. If you’re wondering whether this condition explains some of your uncomfortable symptoms or if you’ve been diagnosed with a form of prolapse, you may feel discouraged by available treatments.
This sensitive issue doesn’t affect just older women but also surprisingly high numbers of young women, many suffering in silence. Research suggests that half of all women over age 50 or who have carried multiple pregnancies have some degree of prolapse.
If you have multiple risk factors, such as obesity, constipation, and multiple pregnancies, your chances of developing a vaginal prolapse issue will increase.
Sovereign Skin is a multidisciplinary cosmetic and wellness clinic in Toronto, and we specialize in women’s health and wellness care. We see women every day who’ve been told that their only options for vaginal wall laxity or prolapse are surgery or no treatment at all. However, they often have more options than they think.
If you’re interested in exploring natural, non-invasive help for vaginal rejuvenation, we’d love to hear from you.
What is Vaginal Prolapse?
Prolapse of reproductive organs and supportive structures stems from weakened, stretched, and thinning tissue. For various reasons, the vaginal walls and the ligaments that support the organs around them can lose strength and elasticity over time. Strain, tissue damage, and a host of related problems may unfold after childbirth. Numerous terms describe the specific types of prolapse that women experience, and we’ll outline some of them here.
Posterior vaginal prolapse is also referred to as both enterocele (involving the small intestine and peritoneum) and rectocele (involving the rectum). Women who have this type of vaginal prolapse describe a feeling of pelvic or vaginal pressure and fullness. The wall of thin tissue between the vagina and the rectum becomes thinner and lax, allowing the rectum to shift forward into the vaginal space and sometimes protrude. Treatment is usually conservative, with Kegels (pelvic floor muscle exercises), observation, and pessaries (silicone support rings) advised.
Anterior vaginal prolapse is also called cystocele. Urethrocele is usually accompanied by cystocele and is termed cystourethrocele. This condition develops when the pubo-cervical vesical fascia (inside the vagina, surrounding the cervix) becomes weaker. The apex of the vagina supporting the peritoneum and the small bowel can descend. The bladder may lower and add pressure within the vagina. This exacerbates stress urinary incontinence symptoms.
The risk factors for vaginal wall prolapse include:
- Vaginal deliveries
What Are the Symptoms of Vaginal Wall Prolapse?
Vaginal wall prolapse can be graded on a scale of 1 to 4, where the most severe shows the total protrusion of vaginal tissue or cervix.
Women report pelvic or vaginal fullness and the sensation of pressure at the vaginal opening from organs protruding. These sensations may only be noticed when straining or coughing. SUI can occur.
In mild cases, women may not notice the internal prolapse until they become older and diminishing collagen, muscle strength, or hormone changes occur.
Enteroceles sometimes leads to lower back pain, while rectoceles may cause constipation or difficulty passing bowel movements.
Women sometimes realize they have a prolapse when inserting tampons becomes difficult or if sexual intercourse becomes uncomfortable. If you are experiencing symptoms and need help understanding changes in your body, the caring gynecology and urology specialists at Sovereign Skin will be happy to meet with you for a consultation.
You can count on sensitivity and a welcoming atmosphere where you’ll never be rushed and your concerns will never be dismissed. Sovereign’s female doctors and nurses can relate the sensitive and complex nature of the conditions they treat.
Non-Surgical Treatment of Vaginal Wall Prolapse
There are surgical options for the treatment of vaginal prolapse in severe cases. However, many patients and their doctors prefer to utilize natural methods to reduce symptoms.
Pessary devices are typically made from silicone and can be inserted to provide support from within the vagina. Pelvic floor exercises involve women consistently flexing their perineal muscles to strengthen tissues holding the bladder, rectum, and uterus in place. These exercises can help with stress urinary incontinence as well when they are done correctly and consistently.
Thankfully, today the above are not your only solutions for vaginal laxity or prolapse. Sovereign Skin is pleased to offer advanced, non-surgical laser therapy that finally addresses weakened tissue causing prolapse. IntimaLase by Fotona can help tighten vaginal tissue to lift prolapsed vaginal tissue. It quickly and painlessly firms collagen in the vaginal mucosa and stimulates collagenesis to thicken and rejuvenate the vaginal walls.
Unlike surgery, IntimaLase is non-invasive. Compared with many powerful lasers, it’s also non-ablative. That means that it doesn’t remove a thin layer of skin to trigger tissue regeneration, and it doesn’t harm the surface skin in any way.
One of the top benefits of IntimaLase vaginal prolapse treatment is that it can be completed conveniently and discreetly, with no downtime.
How Is a Vaginal Prolapse Diagnosed?
Your Sovereign practitioner will review your medical history and examine you to assess your vagina and surrounding structures. Depending on your unique situation and needs, additional tests or information related to previous medical care may be requested. The type and degree of vaginal laxity that you have will be discussed with you, along with issues like SUI.
Because IntimaLase is safe for all skin types and is non-invasive, most women can be safely treated and enjoy its benefits.
Why Choose IntimaLase at Sovereign Skin?
IntimaLase is a safe, non-surgical alternative for many women who want to tone, tighten, and restore vaginal tissue. It’s a pain-free, scar-free, and drug-free outpatient treatment.
The device uses a hand-held applicator wand to deliver thermal laser energy to the targeted vaginal tissue. Heat energy directed specifically to the dermal layers under the surface immediately tightens collagen fibres while stimulating new collagenesis and improved blood flow. The body’s natural restorative response to carefully measured heat pulses is firming and strengthening over several weeks following treatment. The vaginal canal and opening respond to treatment with the improved tone while the mucosal wall lining and lubrication are also restored.
Most people are advised to have 1 or 2 treatments, depending on their expectations. Many women seek treatment advice at Sovereign for a single issue such as SUI, but they are delighted to learn that IntimaLase targets multiple areas for improvement. It can dramatically reduce instances of urinary incontinence, but it can also deliver surprising benefits for your sex life! Patients report notable vaginal wall tone improvement, improved sexual sensation and lubrication, reduced SUI symptoms, and more.
Each IntimaLase session takes just 20 minutes, and though the effects continue to work after you leave our clinic, you’ll be able to resume your daily activities right away. Aside from temporarily avoiding sexual intercourse and tampon insertion, no other restrictions or after-care are required after IntimaLase.
IntimaLase has a 97% patient satisfaction rate and is in demand at Sovereign Skin.
Schedule Your Consultation for Vaginal Prolapse at Sovereign Skin
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