Vaginal Revitalization: Why You Should Never Ignore Pain During Sex

Sexual intercourse is meant to be an intimate, enjoyable experience that draws you closer to your partner, not an uncomfortable or painful event that you do your best to avoid.  

Luckily, you don’t have to let sexual pain diminish your desire or affect your relationship with your partner: Innovations in women’s health make it possible to reverse the vaginal changes that cause painful sex without having to resort to hormone supplements or messy lubricants. 

Here at Utopia Med Spa, we’re pleased to offer vaginal revitalization with Viveve®, a minimally invasive treatment that combines advanced radio-frequency energy with comfortable cryogen cooling to restore vaginal elasticity, moisture, sensation, and response in one quick and easy session. Here’s how it works. 

What causes pain during sex?

Pain during sex, or dyspareunia, is a common problem that affects nearly three in four women at some point in their lives. Sexual pain, which can develop at any point just before, during, or after sex, may mostly affect your vulva and your vagina, or it may radiate through your pelvis.    

Many women only experience sexual pain upon penetration, while some feel deep discomfort with each thrust. Others experience throbbing or burning pain sensations long after sex is over.  

Although sexual pain can occur for a variety of reasons, ranging from gynecological disorders to lack of arousal, it tends to happen more often during menopause, as declining estrogen levels leave vaginal tissues drier, thinner, less elastic, and more fragile than before. Reduced estrogen levels can also disrupt your sexual response and interfere with normal lubrication.   

Menopausal women aren’t the only ones who feel the painful effects of fluctuating or depleted estrogen levels, however — some women experience temporary bouts of sexual pain following pregnancy, as their hormone levels slowly return to normal; others experience the problem as a long-term side effect of cancer treatment.   

Why should I address sexual pain? 

Pain during sex may be a common female experience, but that doesn’t mean it’s normal, and it certainly doesn’t mean you have to live with it — the problem can almost always be resolved with a proper diagnosis and the right treatment approach. 

If like most women, your sexual pain is a symptom of estrogen-related vaginal changes, you may already know that your conventional treatment options include water-based lubricants and hormone replacement therapy (HRT).  

But while lubricants can definitely be helpful, you may not want to have to remember them (or apply them) every time you’re ready to be intimate. HRT can also help resolve sexual pain, as long as it’s medically appropriate; unfortunately, estrogen supplements aren’t a viable solution for many women, including those with a history of breast, cervical, or ovarian cancer.     

How can I put an end to sexual pain?

If you’re searching for a quick and easy way to put an end to sexual pain that doesn’t require you to take hormones or keep lubricants on hand, look no further than Viveve, a safe and highly effective vaginal revitalization treatment designed to restore healthy vaginal tissues and normal sexual function. 

When the thumb-sized Viveve device is inserted into your vaginal entrance, it sends painless waves of radio-frequency energy through the tissues that line your vaginal canal. 

As this gentle energy heats each skin cell from the inside out, it triggers a cascade of healing processes that prompt the renewal of collagen and elastin, the two main proteins that give your skin its structure, shape, and vitality.         

The treatment combines radio-frequency heat with cryogen cooling for maximal comfort and effect — by protecting your surface tissues from damage, cryogen cooling helps ensure the radio-frequency energy is able to achieve maximal tissue penetration (and results). 

Viveve is a long-term solution that requires just one quick in-office treatment to re-establish normal vaginal functional. Besides being easy, painless, and convenient, it’s also perfectly safe for the vast majority of women, including those who can’t take HRT. 

What are you waiting for? You don’t have to let inescapable hormonal changes diminish your vaginal health or your sex life — vaginal revitalization can help you put an end to sexual pain for good. Call our Houston office today or click online to schedule an appointment with one of our Viveve specialists any time.