HEALTH STATISTIC(S) OF THE DAY
More than one-third of U.S. women suffer from pelvic floor disorder, or PFD. About 377,000 are reported to have had surgery (as of 20102) for the disorder, with those numbers expected to climb significantly over the next several decades. During their lifetime, approximately one in 11 women will have surgery to address pelvic floor issues, says women’s health expert and advocate, Donnica Moore, M.D.
The pelvic floor contains a group of muscles that act as a sling, supporting the urethra, vagina and anus to keep them all wher they belong. Anything that stretches it – pregnancy, surgery, obesity, radiation therapy – can compromise its strength and function.
When the muscles are compromised, so are things like your bladder and your pleasure in sex. (Need proof? One in three women over 35 report issues with bladder leakage, says Dr. Donnica. Another statistic, as reported by the North American Menopause Society: Between 17% and 45% of postmenopausal women say they find sex painful.)
PFD happens to women young and old, for different reasons.
Another reason to tell your child how much you sacrificed for them.
During pregnancy, a hormone called relaxin is released; its role to soften your pelvic joints in order for your baby to eventually make his or her way out. The pelvis can become unstable and play a role in back pain and a balance (and even urine) loss. What’s more, each pregnancy, vaginal birth, episiotomy or tear increases the risk of injury to your pelvic floor.
Another reason to bemoan your so-called midlife.
PFD becomes more common with age, because the supporting structures in the pelvis can soften. Also, blame hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), frequently straining during bowel movements (have you tried prunes?) or lifting heavy objects.
Kegel exercises are often prescribed to treat PFD-like problems (like urinary leakage), but although good for primary prevention, if done properly, results aren’t as great once the problem occurs. In other words, by then, it may be too little too late.
Other things that are used to treat PFD include biofeedback, pessaries (a device inserted into the vagina to support the organs), and, as a last resort, surgery. But who wants that?
I recently learned about a brand-new, therapeutic medical device can can help. Not only can it help with PFD, but with vaginal rejuvenation, too. (Ahem, the vagina can get dry and loose with age, too. What, you thought that terms like collagen and elastin were limited just to facial skin??)
vSculpt helps to strengthen both your pelvic floor and help with vaginal dryness at the same time. Oh, did I mention you can use this at home? Use it every other day for a few minutes. That’s all.
vSculpt’s founder, Colette Courtion, is actually a veteran beauty exec who came up with her aha moment for all women when she realized that the very same restorative, tightening and healing benefits LED lights give to our skin can be extended to our “lower regions,” aka our vaginas. That, and she got frustrated at hearing her friends’ stories of new-mother-misery (i.e. bladder leakage, issues with sensitivity and stretching).
Oh, and then she got pregnant herself and totally understood.
So how does it work?
vSculpt works by combining therapeutic light therapy with gentle heat, vibration and proprietary Phototonic Gel to enhance its effects. These all work together to strengthen your pelvic floor area and improve bladder control and sexual health, confidence and wellness, to boot.
The LED (light-emitting diodes in the 650-850-nm range), which is in the red and infrared spectrum, helps to energize vaginal tissue cells, which in turn, increase their own natural production of collagen and elastin (beneficial to more than just faces, it turns out).
Speaking of advantages, you know that word “vibration” I mentioned above? Its main role is to tighten the muscles of the pelvic floor to increase muscle tone. (Beyond that, I can only let your mind imagine).
That is, unless you’d like to purchase one.
What the testers have to say
Female participants who tried vSculpt for 60 days reported things like this (reported by a third-party independent company):
90% had less urinary incontinence
95% felt improved vaginal tightness
91% experienced more vaginal hydration
95% felt tighter pelvic floor muscles
91% no longer experienced uncomfortable vaginal dryness with sex
78% said they no longer had painful sexual intercourse
100% believed the device worked – they started seeing results in seven to 45 days
What to say if you want one.
Where do I sign up?
vSculpt officially launches in January 2016 and will retail for $345 (a two-month supply of Phototonic Gel is sold separately for $30), but you can pre-0rder it now by visiting their website.
If you want to go another route.
Mona Lisa Touch is a new fractional CO2 laser therapy that treats vaginal health issues (like pain and discomfort) that can crop up following menopause, cancer treatments or the removal of ovaries.
Performed in a physician’s office, the laser stimulates collagen production without pain or side effects (and it takes just five minutes). It’s non-surgical, safe and painless – and some women report improvement within days of their first treatment (though three are generally recommended).
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