What is vaginal laxity?
The term vaginal laxity, or vaginal relaxation syndrome (VRS) refers to vaginal muscles losing their tightness or becoming noticeably looser than before.
What are the symptoms?
Women with vaginal laxity often experience reduced sensation during intercourse. It can also be associated with urinary stress incontinence.
Who is affected by vaginal laxity?
Vaginal laxity affects many women of various ages. It can be caused by hormonal changes during menopause, by general ageing as our muscles lose strength and elasticity, or by the stretching that occurs during childbirth.
Are there treatments for vaginal laxity?
Kegel exercises and hormonal creams can be used to strengthen the vaginal wall, but their efficacy is somewhat limited when it comes to tightening. Surgery is also an option in which the vaginal tissues are incised and rearranged.
Laser treatments using ThermiVa, MonaLisa Touch or IntimaLase are minimally-invasive procedures to tighten vaginal walls. The laser induces controlled heating in the deeper tissues which stimulates collagen production to tighten and strengthen the muscular walls. It also causes the existing collagen fibres to contract, which contributes to the tightening effect.