Comparing Treatments for Painful Sex
More than 50% of post-menopausal women report experiencing painful sex – medically known as genitourinary syndrome of menopause (or GSM). This condition is not only painful, sadly many women are too embarrassed to seek help. But thanks to revolutionary breakthroughs in the field of vaginal health, women in the Boston area who are suffering from GSM can say goodbye to painful sex with the newest treatments at ESP Medical.
In this article, we will take a look at the latest, most advanced solutions available to women in the Boston area suffering from painful sex -both old and new- including the revolutionary Viveve vaginal rejuvenation treatment.
Old Treatments for Painful Sex: Hormones
Previously, the only treatments for painful sex available to women were either oral or vaginal hormone replacement therapy.
The first step in treating painful sex with hormone therapy is to apply estrogen directly into the vagina. This is accomplished with either a cream, or by inserting either a hormone releasing tablet or ring into the vagina. The downside to treating painful sex this way is the inconvenient and messy nature of vaginal hormone therapy, which must be performed at least multiple times a week (and, in some cases, daily) for the remainder of the patient’s life.
If painful sex persists, oral estrogen hormone pills were typically then prescribed. Oral hormone therapy, however, can pose an even bigger risk for some patients, as it has been shown to increase the risk of strokes, heart attack, and breast cancer. Consequently, breast cancer survivors and women at-risk for breast cancer are strongly advised to avoid treating painful sex through hormone replacement therapy – and instead opt for newer painful sex treatments such as Viveve.
Newer Treatment for Painful Sex: Lasers & Radiofrequency
Over the last several years, two new treatments for painful sex were developed as much safer alternatives to hormone therapy: ablative lasers and radiofrequency. When used to treat painful sex, ablative lasers marked a significant improvement in how painful sex is treated, while the results of radiofrequency treatments (like Viveve) have been even better!
Ablative laser treatment for painful sex uses a laser to create a series of microscopic incisions in the tissue of the vagina. This triggers the body’s natural healing process, stimulating the production of collagen – which, over time, rejuvenates the skin of the vagina, improving elasticity, and increasing lubrication.
While ablative lasers were effective in treating painful sex, laser treatments still required a treatment plan of 3 or more sessions, with 4 to 6 weeks between each session.
However, the latest treatments – using radiofrequency heat energy, rather than lasers, now offer a more rapid solution to painful sex. At our Boston area OBGYN office we offer Viveve radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation, which only requires one single treatment!
Newest Treatment for Painful Sex: Viveve™
During the Viveve painful sex treatment, radiofrequency heat energy is combined with cooling technology to stimulate natural restoration of the tissue of the vagina. A healthy vagina’s strength and elasticity results from collagen and elastin – the production of which is stimulated by the Viveve radiofrequency painful sex treatment. And thanks to its use of cooling technology, Viveve is one of the most comfortable treatments for painful sex available to women in the Boston, MA area.
Viveve radiofrequency painful sex treatment is a safe and nonsurgical means of strengthening vaginal tissue. Viveve improves lubrication, tightness, and elasticity without any of the dangers and drawbacks of surgery or hormone therapy. The safety and effectiveness of treating painful sex with Viveve has been proven in numerous clinical studies. Those same studies have determined that there are no complications or side effects associated with Viveve.
Of the various painful sex treatments available to women in the Boston, MA area, Viveve is the only one that requires just one single treatment. And unlike ablative laser painful sex treatments, thanks to the cooling technology used to offset the heat of the radiofrequency energy, Viveve is a relaxing experience for the patient, free of pain or discomfort.
Viveve Painful Sex Treatments – Boston Area
Dr. Vikas Merchia has helped countless women in the Boston, MA area say goodbye to vaginal dryness and painful sex with a single Viveve vaginal rejuvenation treatment. The affordable and painless procedure is performed in the comfort of Dr. Merchia’s discreet Boston area OBGYN office.
Now women suffering from vaginal dryness, painful sex and even bladder leaks have a solution to these uncomfortable, embarrassing conditions. If Viveve sounds right for you, or to simply learn more about the options that are available to women experiencing painful sex, contact us today for a consultation.
Painful Sex Consultation – Boston Area: 508.521.9259