Minimally Invasive Electro-coagulation to Rejuvenate the Vaginal Anatomy
Wednesday - January 4, 2017 9:47 am
ThermiVa® applications use radiofrequency energy to gently heat tissue. The patent pending ThermiVa electrode is designed for applications including the vaginal anatomy.
Thermiva is FDA-approved and available in India. However, it’s new and many gynaecologists may not know about it. It is an initiative to spread awareness and train doctors for different aesthetic vaginal procedures, the primary one being the non-surgical, minimally invasive Thermiva.
Studies show that sexual intimacy leads to lesser chances of hypertension, diabetes, depression and insomnia. In many research, It has been found that nearly 70 per cent Indian women post the age of 40 suffer from sexual dysfunction, along with orgasmic disorders or lack of libido. Many marriages deteriorate due to the lack of intimacy. So, the idea is to spread awareness about simple, non-invasive treatments to help boost sex lives,”
Thermiva came into spotlight this April when Kim Kardashian’s sister Khloé revealed about “a vagina lasering thing to tighten it” that her sisters used post bearing kids in a talk show.
Thermiva is a thermal device powered by radio frequency. It heats up the stick’s metal head to a controlled temperature of up to 40°C. It can be used on vulva or in the vaginal tract. The heat helps remodel ladies own collagen and tightens their vagina. The same principle applies to the face. It also helps increase lubrication and enhance the G-spot, leading to better orgasms.
Main benefit of Thermiva is to alleviate stress incontinence, an occurrence where a woman’s bladder leaks urine due to a physical activity. Approximately sixty per cent of Indian women suffer from SUI. It occurs post pregnancy or during menopausal stages, among women above 40. A decade ago, the only way to cure it was by performing a complicated laparoscopic surgery called as Burch Suspension. Then, we started using TVTO which is Tension-Free Vaginal Tape-Obturator tapes. Severe cases of SUI require TVT, TOT or TVTO but it’s easier to treat mild ones with Thermivae.
The procedure, which involves a minimum of three sittings is expensive due to cost of instrument. It’s still early days for Thermiva. Medicine and gynaecology are moving from radical to conservative practices. So, a minimally invasive option like this maybe preferred. However, the results have not been proven yet. In the current scenario, it is not recommended for severe cases of pro-lapse or stress incontinence. For early cases, maybe it can be tried out as a first line of treatment.
It is safe because it is based on the radio frequency, which we have been using on different body parts for over a decade now. There aren’t side effects but patient may see redness in the area post the treatment. It can’t be used on pregnant ladies or women who have an infection in the vagina. Also, it’s not a wonder machine. Results are variable because they depend on collagen levels. The high cost is the biggest issue.