Vaginal Health: Innovative Solution to Vaginal Prolapse
Vaginal Prolapse or muscle loosening, mainly caused by natural birth-giving and aging, is a common condition among women. However, this topic is often kept in the dark due to self-consciousness and embarrassment, and it tremendously aggravates the problem.
As we grow older, our body parts deteriorate accordingly. A case in point is the vagina. Apart from the more obvious features like the face or the skin, a woman’s private part is one of the least prominent yet most common parts to degenerate. Vaginal prolapse is one of the conditions of degeneration. Vaginal prolapse causes muscles around that area to become loose. This can cause symptoms such as a sensation of a vaginal lump, constipation, difficulty emptying the bowel or bladder or problems with sexual intercourse. On the bright side, professionals have found a quick-fix to most women’s concern. In recent years, some clinics in Hong Kong have imported machines that utilize the technology of laser retouching. This technology stimulates the production of collagen around the vaginal area and restores its elasticity. With this technique, women are able to bring back their youth and confidence.
Dr. Cynthia Ho, a renowned sex therapist in Hong Kong, recommends FemTouch, a CO2 laser treatment, to females who suffer from vaginal prolapse, “Take facial treatments as an example, muscles around the vaginal area are similar to our facial muscles; they become loose in time. Most women would go to beauty clinics to get a laser skin treatment. The same goes for the vagina.” FemTouch™ is an innovative CO₂ laser treatment that is applied along the vaginal walls and delivers very gentle controlled ablation and coagulation of the vaginal lining for improved vaginal health. The Lumenis® FemTouch™ is an out-patient, minimally invasive, non-surgical, non-hormonal treatment and the patient will not be subjected to any physical pain. The patient has to be treated 3 or 4 times in total. Every treatment is around 4 weeks apart, of approximately 15 minutes each time. “But bear this in mind,” Dr. Ho continued, “the effect only lasts for 1 year. Moreover, this treatment is harmful to women and their fetuses during pregnancy. So if a patient considers giving birth to a second child after her first one, she is recommended to receive the treatment after all her pregnancy plans.”
Dr. Cynthia Ho graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia, with a Masters degree of Health Science majoring in Sexual Health. She has also attained the Certificate of Professional Mediation Convenor, with mediation skills in handling sexual offence cases. Cynthia believes sex is an integral part of life and that a healthy sexual relationship enhances the quality of a romantic intimate relationship and improves ones physical and emotional health. As a sex therapist, Cynthia provides sex education and counselling to individuals and couples of both sexes ranging from young teenagers to adults on various sexual issues to help clients understand themselves, as well as their partners, solve their sexual and relationship issues and enhance their sexual enjoyment, thus improve their physical, mental and social well-being in a non-judgmental and confidential manner.
Speaking of women’s sexual and vaginal health, Chinese females are comparatively more conservative due to the lack of sex education. Dr. Francois Fong, the founder of Neo Health Group and Hong Kong Sexual Health Centre, stated that this is an important issue that needed to be addressed. Other solutions of treating vaginal prolapse include injecting hyaluronic acid and estrogen. However, according to Dr. Fong, there are numerous drawbacks to these methods, “Injecting hyaluronic acid can restore the muscle’s elasticity, but it does not last very long, and the injection cannot cover the entire vaginal area. For climacteric women, injecting estrogen is more effective, but it increases the chance of getting breast cancer, so it is not recommended.”