Life events such as childbirth and the normal aging process bring changes to our bodies that are sometimes difficult to discuss. If you, like most women, have questions about changes to your vagina after childbirth or simply from the natural effects of aging, the staff of The Wright Center for Women’s Health are ready and able to listen and offer sensible, effective solutions to your issues.
If you are experiencing any of the following issues, a procedure called vaginoplasty may be the solution:
- Reduced sexual sensation
- Looking to improve the appearance of external genitalia and restore self-esteem
- Suffering from stress incontinence of urine (involuntary loss of urine with coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising or sex)
- Difficulty wearing tampons
- Reduced comfort during exercise
About the Procedure
Vaginopolasty corrects damage that occurs to the supportive tissues in the walls of the vagina and muscles as a result of vaginal childbirth or aging. This damage can result in a relaxed vaginal canal and or a gaping vaginal opening. Vaginoplasty tightens the inside of the vaginal canal and the opening of the vagina to increase friction and improve sexual sensation.
Vaginoplasty is performed by a urogynecologist or vaginal reconstructive surgeon under general anesthesia and in a hospital setting where you will stay for a maximum of two days. It is a standard gynecologic surgical procedure that takes about 60 – 90 minutes with you spending about an hour in the recovery room.
Recovery will take at least 2 weeks, during which you will be instructed to refrain from sexual intercourse until you heal completely. After a week you will have your sutures removed and receive instructions on specific exercises to strengthen and tighten your pelvic muscles.
The results from Vaginoplasty can be very rewarding – both for your self- esteem and where improved sexual function is a goal.
Since Vaginoplasty tightens and restores the vaginal muscles, it re-establishes friction that increases sexual gratification for both women and men. There is a 98% success rate. In about 2% of the cases a minor revision may be necessary to achieve appropriate results.
The Wright Center for Women’s Health is happy to discuss this procedure with you and answer any questions you have. Call us at (630) 687-9595 to schedule an appointment.