Specialist Clinics of Australia teamed up with Beauty Heaven to talk about GynaeLase, a revolutionary non-surgical, minimally-invasive treatment for laxity, mild stress incontinence and atrophy associated with child birth and Menopause.
- What is GynaeLase and what does it treat?
GynaeLase is a non-surgical treatment program that uses heat therapy to treat three main problems.
The first is Stress Incontinence which is another name for light bladder leakage. This is what some people call the “sneeze wee” – it’s an inability to control your urge to urinate in certain circumstances, like sneezing, coughing or during exercise.
The second problem is Vaginal Atrophy which is a degeneration in vaginal tissue and is often associated with menopause. Sufferers notice symptoms like vaginal dryness and burning, more frequent urinary tract infections and discomfort during intercourse.
The third problem that GynaeLase treats is Vaginal Laxity. This is often a problem for women after childbirth and occurs when the vaginal tissue loses strength and the ability to contract, impacting on sensation and sensitivity during intercourse.
- How does it work?
GynaeLase uses thermal heat therapy and your body’s own natural regenerative processes to treat these problems. Without getting too technical, by heating the vagina wall the treatment stimulates tissue regeneration and collagen production. This process causes collagen fibres to contract and tighten in the vagina, which improves elasticity. It also encourages the production of new, healthy tissue that thickens and strengthens the vaginal wall. This process gives you more strength and tightness to reduce leakages. It also improves moisture, normalises PH levels, restores the healthy lining of the vagina and balances healthy bacteria levels targeting symptoms like dryness and burning and making intercourse more comfortable.
- What can I expect before and during the treatment?
Before starting any treatment you will have a comprehensive consultation to determine whether you’re eligible for the program. Typically they recommend a treatment once a month for three months for best results. You then will usually need to get a maintenance treatment 1-2 times a year – but this can vary from person to person.
Each treatment usually takes about 30 minutes and Dr Cussell says that most people report that it’s relatively painless – even less uncomfortable than a pap smear. Some people do get a feeling of heat around the outer sensitive areas, however numbing cream can be applied.
- What can I expect after the treatment?
After having the treatment, you don’t need to do much in terms of aftercare – just refrain from having intercourse for 2 to 5 days. Some women may also experience discharge as the vagina environment normalises.
As the treatment stimulates the body’s own natural processes, the results will be different for each individual and may also depend on the condition being treated. You may feel an immediate improvement and this will continue to progress over the next two treatments and over the next months as new tissue builds and strengthens.
- Why GynaeLase as opposed to alternative treatment options, such as vaginal pessaries or artificial lubrication?
GynaeLase positions itself as a treatment option that is non-hormonal and non-surgical. Depending on what the issue is, there are alternative treatment options that can include oestrogen based products. However many women cannot or will not use oestrogen based treatment creams due to cancer concerns, risk of high blood pressure or blood clots.
Pessaries and artificial lubrication may work well for some women, yet for others they find them messy and uncomfortable.
GynaeLase is a treatment option that can address multiple concerns in 3 easy sessions. It is also stimulating your own body’s natural processes therefore giving you peace of mind that you are not ‘adding’ artificial elements to your body.