A systemic change caused by aging throughout your body is the loss of collagen. A family of proteins, collagen makes up about one-third of all the proteins in your body, most of which are in your skin. However, there are other places in your body that suffer from collagen loss, and the resulting health changes are different than those you see in your skin.
A common condition for women after menopause is vaginal atrophy. Spurred by the loss of the hormone estrogen, the tissue of your vagina changes, and declining collagen is responsible for some of the symptoms you may experience.
Whenever you’re suffering from side effects of menopause, it’s time to book an appointment with the doctors of Wandisan-Rosete Medical Group. While menopause is a natural part of life, sometimes its symptoms are not. You can benefit from a wide range of treatments to minimize the imposition of these annoying effects, including issues such as hot flashes or vaginal dryness. For collagen loss affecting sexual health, radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation may be the answer.
While you may share symptoms with other menopausal women, you can expect that your experience will be unique in both combinations of conditions and their severity. Medical science groups some of these effects in a class called the genitourinary syndrome of menopause, or GSM.
Some GSM symptoms can interfere with your sexual health and enjoyment. Intercourse can become uncomfortable or even painful, taking away an enjoyable part of your life. GSM symptoms include these potential barriers to intimacy:
Many of these changes occur due to reduced levels of collagen. Fortunately, your body retains the ability to regenerate collagen tissue, but only when stimulated to do so, usually through some kind of injury, which likely won’t happen naturally to vaginal tissue.
Warming existing collagen tissue to a point above normal body temperature compromises the tissue in such a way that it triggers the healing response. A natural, drug- and hormone-free treatment for GSM would therefore selectively warm collagen tissue below the vaginal walls without having any other effects.
Radiofrequency energy fits the bill. Special treatment devices, about the diameter of a pen, emit radiofrequency waves that are absorbed by collagen. This energy converts to heat, much the same way as sunlight does when hitting your skin, but without the damaging ultraviolet energy.
You’ll feel a warm sensation that some patients compare with a hot stone massage, so there’s no discomfort or pain associated with this treatment for most patients. Over the next few weeks, you’ll begin to notice the difference as new collagen tissue forms, taking the place of older tissue that’s naturally flushed from your body.
Contact Wandisan-Rosete Medical Group to find out more about your vaginal rejuvenation options. You can call the Tracy, California office directly at 209-226-4308, or use the online appointment request tool.