It is common for women to notice changes in their most intimate areas that can affect vagina over time. Hormonal changes, including the drop in estrogen that occurs during menopause, can result in vaginal atrophy or a thinning of the vaginal wall. Beyond aging, childbirth can also lead to what were once considered irreversible changes, affecting women even in their younger years. For cancer survivors, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or oophorectomy can cause hormone changes or early menopause. All of these developments can lead to vaginal dryness, uncomfortable intercourse, vaginal laxity, and urinary incontinence. In the past, women had to live with these changes as part of a process they could not reverse; today, there is a non-surgical option to address these changes with diVa™ vaginal rejuvenation.
I was first interested in diVa™ vaginal rejuvenation after hearing about it from my friend who had the procedure. I’m embracing my 50’s but have noticed a few changes in my body that I wasn’t liking. I didn’t want to leak when I went on my morning walk nor did I want to have somewhat painful intercourse with my loving husband. So I decided to schedule a diVa consultation at Cascade.
The consultation process was informative and reassuring. She was patient with me, as I had several questions. It is important to have a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. We determined together that I was a good candidate and then discussed what I should expect during my upcoming appointments. A typical diVa treatment plan includes 3 services spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
Upon arrival at my appointment, the provider gave me a numbing cream that I inserted into the vaginal canal, similar to inserting a tampon. I relaxed for the next 30 minutes while the numbing took effect. During the treatment, the laser is inserted into the vagina and the laser rotates so that the entire area is treated. The process is much easier than it sounds. The treatment is customized based on several factors including your age and what concerns that you have and your desired outcome. I would recommend researching the treatment on realself.com where real people talk about their personal experiences. I honestly was more nervous than I should have been.
After the treatment is complete, I experienced some light spotting and I felt like I had an internal sunburn for the first 24 hours and continued to be a little tender for additional 24 hours. I was able to return to my regular routine the very next day!
I am now 60 days past my final treatment and can honestly say that I am very excited about my results and that my husband can feel the difference as well. As women we tend to put off taking care of ourselves – I recommend you make your appointment today.