Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome

 

Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome (VRS) is defined as laxity of the vaginal wall.   

As women age, relaxing of the vaginal wall can lead to vaginal relaxation syndrome (VRS), which is exacerbated by childbirth, especially multiple pregnancies and deliveries, and the vaginal atrophy associated with menopause-related hormonal changes.  

VRS can lead to a number of problems, both physical and psychological, a major one of which is lessening of sexual satisfaction for both the female and her partner, often referred to as “loose vagina”. 

 

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Urinary incontinence (UI) is another problem associated with VRS, either of the stress or urge type, and can be mildly irritating or totally debilitating. The quality of life of affected women can decline dramatically as they become afraid to go out socially or even to work because of the humiliation of an unpredictable and involuntary loss of urinary control.  

A variety of VRS treatment options exist. For the non-invasive approaches, behavioural training such as Kegel exercises can tighten up relaxed muscles in the pelvic floor and to a lesser extent in the vaginal wall.   Hormonal creams, sprays and other pharmacological approaches are also available, though their effectiveness is somewhat limited and the effect temporary, requiring continuous application. Surgical procedures, in which vaginal and associated tissues are incised and rearranged, can offer a much better and longer lasting final result, though being a surgical procedure they have to be balanced against the much greater risks involved in any surgery performed on the extremely sensitive vaginal tissues. Downtime and recognised risks associated with scar formation or nerve damage are also to be factored in when considering the surgical option. 

Laser therapy is proving to be an effective option in the treatment of VRS.  IntimaLase™ works by stimulating new collagen production that allows for the remodelling of the vaginal tissue and the tightening of the vaginal canal. Mucous membranes improve function and moisture production shortly after treatment with over 95% of patients reporting a marked increase in vaginal tightness. 

IntimaLase™ is a minimally invasive, incisionless and virtually painless procedure, requiring no anaesthesia, hospital admission or pain relief.