“I had vaginal surgery and my life changed drastically” – NiT

There is no turning back, our body ages. The first signs are the expression lines a little more pronounced. Then comes the white hair and sagging, which can be seen in the famous goodbye muscle, in the legs, butt or breasts. And also in the vagina. However, there are aesthetic options to delay the aging of the female sexual organ, although almost no one talks about it. The right excuse for NiT to explain exactly what is at stake, told in the first person by two women and a specialist doctor.

Aging, hormonal changes, pregnancy and childbirth can all contribute to cosmetic changes in vaginas. And there are many people who go through this while suffering in silence. But it doesn’t have to be that way, because there are more and more treatments for different cases.

There is, in fact, a health area that is easily joined to well-being and that has become popular in recent years. Gynecostetics aims to improve women’s intimate health through different surgical and aesthetic procedures, improving functionality and the pleasure of healthy sexuality.

Mónica Gomes Ferreira, specialist in this area, begins by explaining to NiT that there are several treatments for almost all conditions. “For example, younger women seek to improve the appearance of the vulva, or treatments associated with sexual function“. And he continues: “In the postpartum and post-maternity period there is a greater demand for treatment of the lower elasticity of the tissues that can be performed through minimally invasive treatments, such as radiofrequency or laser, for example”. In menopause, there is greater demand for treatments for functional aspects such as dryness and genital atrophy and which, with various therapeutic options, greatly improve the quality of life of women.

“The asymmetry of the vaginal lips messed with my self-esteem”

Maria Morais, 33 years old, suffered from a physical condition that had troubled her for several years: asymmetry of the vaginal lips. “They were very large and asymmetrical.“, tells NiT. After being a mother twice, in January of this year, the young businesswoman decided it was time to change something that was bothering her. Through a friend who had the same problem, she found the solution: labiaplasty. A surgery to reduce and correct the labia minora.

“After a lot of research I decided to go ahead with the procedure because I was really uncomfortable, not only with the aesthetic part, but with the functional part. I had a lot of pain in the genital area, especially when riding a bike or when I spent many hours sitting“. Then, with the arrival of summer, the situation became more complicated: “Wearing a bikini was a problem, because it was noticeable that there was a prominence. And then there was the worst part, the wounds. When I sweated more, I had small lesions, which were painful“.

The surgery was simple, on an outpatient basis and relatively quick. “It took about 30 minutes. I took anesthesia and the procedure took place in the operating room, but at the end of the day I was able to go home”. The procedure was a little more invasive: “I rested for three days and was prescribed antibiotics and anti-inflammatories”. But he never felt pain, he guarantees. “The area was a little swollen and I felt slight discomfort, but the ice helped.” During the first week, the symptoms remained, but she had already been allowed to go about her normal life.

After a few months, Maria reveals that her sex life has changed drastically for the better, not only because of the pain, but because of the difference she felt in her self-esteem. “I should have done it sooner. This problem affected me a lot, but there is still a certain taboo on these topics, especially if we bought from the United States and England, two countries where I lived”.

“After menopause, I stopped feeling pleasure during sexual intercourse”

Elsa Silva is 55 years old, born in Lisbon and unemployed. For 30 years she worked in the financial field, until a heart attack and heart surgery led her to stop, definitively. “She loved what she did, working after hours, at night, on weekends. There were years of sleeping little, which may have influenced this outcome”.

The arrival of menopause brought a big change in her life. In addition to discovering that she suffered from diabetes, she noticed that the hormonal changes were having consequences in another realm, the sexual one. “Over the last year and with all the changes and upheavals my life has taken, my sex drive and lubrication have diminished. At the same time, I began to notice that I had vaginal problems such as pain and some burning, which I had not had until then”, he reveals to NiT.

Married for over 20 years, Elsa experienced a different situation from the one she had lived through until those months. “During penetration I started to feel pain, that is, I stopped having pleasure“. Dissatisfied and frightened by the situation, she began to investigate possible causes and consult some doctors. After five years and several failed consultations and diagnoses, she found a term that was unfamiliar to her: gynecoesthetics.

He decided to try it out and went to a consultation with the gynecologist Mónica Gomes Ferreira, who presented him with the most appropriate treatment for his needs, radiofrequency. Elsa suffered from something that many women in the same condition suffer from: vaginal atrophy and dryness. In March, she started treatments and after two sessions she noticed a big difference in her life. “I have returned to pleasure and I no longer have pain”.

The procedure, in the case of Elsa, cost €1800 and consisted of stimulating collagen cells, a protein naturally present in the tissues of the body, which contributes to the strength and elasticity of the skin, to the health of hair and nails, bones, joints and tendons, which disappears over time. According to the patient, she did not feel any pain, but feels a sensation of heat. “The most annoying thing is really the noise of the machine,” she explains to NiT.

In the following days you did not have any side effects, but this can happen in other cases. Mónica Gomes Ferreira explains to NiT that in order to avoid these negative consequences, in addition to following the expert’s recommendations, “the important thing is to maintain adequate hygiene in the area with specific products, taking analgesia, antibiotics and anti-inflammatories (whenever indicated) and recommendations to be made in case of any associated inconvenience”.

According to Mónica Gomes Ferreira, these cases are not unique. “There is an increasing demand for medical services associated with Aesthetic, Regenerative and Functional Gynecology. The taboos associated with these themes still exist, but they are decreasing more and more because the woman has to interpret the genital alterations as natural throughout life and that can be recovered”.