Vulva & Vaginal Laxity or Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome (VRS)
As women age, relaxing of the vaginal wall can lead to Vulva & Vaginal Laxity or Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome (VRS) which is aggravated by childbirth and hormonal changes with pregnancy and menopause that leads to vaginal atrophy. Just as skin gradually loses moisture and elasticity, so does the vaginal wall and mucosa. The skin of the Vulva, or the external female genital area, can be quite sensitive. Because it is moist and frequently subject to friction while sitting and moving, this area can be easily injured.
This condition often manifests in women from the ages of 30-40, primarily due to childbirth or weight gain and continues to affect the mucosal lining of the vagina. The vagina gradually changes from being an organ with a strong, thick, moist mucosal lining to one with a thin, frail and dry mucosal lining which is increasingly unable to regenerate new collagen fibres.
Pregnancy and childbirth, menopause and variations in weight gain, are factors which impact on all of a woman’s organs and systems. Childbirth requires the vagina to stretch during the course of delivery, weight gain also stretches the body tissues as it does in pregnancy and with the onset of menopause, even the healthiest women will experience the natural process of vaginal laxity or VRS.
Vaginal Laxity or VRS can lead to a number of issues such as urinary incontinence, skin conditions and poor sexual satisfaction. Symptoms include chronic itching, redness and vaginal discharge.
Symptoms of VRS includes:
- Urinary Incontinence due to weakened vaginal mucosa
- Vaginal Irritation with itching and burning
- Vaginal Dryness
- Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Low vaginal pH, making the environment open to infection
Treatments for Vulva & Vaginal Laxity or VRS
Treatment for Vaginal Laxity ranges from conservative approaches to surgical procedures. For non-invasive treatments, Kegel exercises or more effective pelvic floor strengthening with HIFEM technology can tighten up relaxed muscles.
Surgical procedures may provide lasting final results, however it has to be balanced against longer downtime recovery and the greater risks involved in any surgery performed on the highly sensitive vaginal tissues.
Treatment at Orchard Clinic
High intensity electromagnetic energy to treat Incontinence and Diastasis Recti.
EXILIS Ultra Femme 360 to tighten the inner vaginal canal walls and firm up the labia.
One-to-one exercises for muscle stretching and strengthening customised to the individual.
Orchard Clinic is a new treatment concept offering a unique method that provides high-quality conservative solutions for women’s body recovery after pregnancy and menopause.
As a specialised treatment centre for women, we assess and treat common conditions such as incontinence, pelvic floor issues, abdominal separation (diastasis recti) and vaginal laxity.
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