Let’s talk about: specialist feminine healthcare
Many women experience changes to their bodies over time, changes that might seem irreversible, changes that we don’t embrace, but learn to live with.
These changes might be as a result of the ageing process in general, pregnancy and childbirth, the menopause, or an illness or surgery even.
I’m talking about things like stretch marks, incontinence, period pain, pelvic pain, caesarean section scars, acne, age spots, skin lesions, and even vaginal laxity. All sound great right? In all seriousness though, these are all things that women live with on a daily basis for years sometimes. Most of these aren’t commonly discussed and so many people suffer in silence.
One clinic in Liverpool is aiming to change this. Their aim – to work with as many women as possible to improve their intimate health and well-being. Intimate You is so pioneering in their approach that they have women travelling to them from throughout the UK and from overseas, for specialist treatment and advice.
Their doctors (who all also currently work in the NHS) and aesthetics consultants offer the very latest evidence-based treatments for vulvovaginal atrophy, urinary incontinence and vaginal laxity. As leaders in the field they are actively presenting to medical colleagues on a regular basis, teaching and publishing cutting edge research in the field. They also offer a range of treatments for a whole host of other issues affecting women’s intimate health and well-being.
After giving birth, the vaginal canal and pelvic floor muscles get pretty beaten up to put it bluntly. This can lead to incontinence in 53.5% of women during and after pregnancy, and cause incontinence and urinary symptoms after childbirth. Stress incontinence is characterised by pressure from coughing, laughing, sneezing, running, jumping or lifting heavy objects causing leaks. We all know mums and trampolines just don’t mix!
BTL EMSELLA is a revolutionary, non-invasive and painless treatment for all types of urinary incontinence, minor pelvic floor prolapse, and vaginal laxity, and it’s offered at the Intimate You clinic.
The treatment is delivered by comfortably sitting on an ergonomic chair, fully clothed. Electromagnetic technology deeply penetrates and stimulates in a targeted fashion the muscles of the pelvic floor, so strengthening the pelvic floor and tightening the vaginal walls. How clever is that?
BTL Emsella is up to 95% effective in treatment of urinary incontinence and sexual satisfaction is increased. Treatment courses typically comprise 6-8 sessions delivered at 48h intervals and are individually tailored to a client’s needs. The treatment is so powerful that during one 28 minute treatment 11,200 contractions of the pelvic floor are provoked, which is equivalent to performing 11,200 pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises – not something that we could achieve ourselves very quickly!
Intimate You is unique in the UK in offering specialised assessment and multiple treatment options for female intimate health and well-being.
One of the other specialist treatments they have is for vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA), a common and under reported condition which is suffered by close to 50% of postmenopausal women. It is associated with decreased supply of oestrogen to the vulvovaginal tissue.
Sufferers may experience:-
- Initially, lack of lubrication during sex.
- Eventually, persistent vaginal dryness.
- Itchiness, soreness, and a stinging pain in the vaginal and vulvar area which, in turn, may further contribute to pain during sex.
- Vaginal spotting of blood, due to small tears in the vaginal skin surface.
- Thin yellow or grey watery discharge.
- Urgency, frequency, getting up during the night to pass urine, and urge incontinence.
- Recurrent urine infections.
Fortunately, Intimate You can help if you find yourself in this situation. They offer the MonaLisa Touch, the leading Intravaginal laser therapy for the safe, effective treatment of VVA. MonaLisa Touch® is the ideal treatment for those who are looking for a hormone-free, less invasive procedure, compared to traditional surgical or pharmaceutical treatments.
MonaLisa Touch® allows for a functional restoration of the vagina, which helps to combat the troublesome burning, itching, dryness and pain during intercourse which are so distressingly familiar for VVA sufferers.
Obviously these specialist treatments come at a cost, but at least the provision of the treatments at a clinic where women are welcomed, and where the staff take time to understand the specific needs of their clients, means that women can choose to prioritise their health and well-being.
The long-term effects of some of these treatments can be life-changing for some women. Imagine suffering with something for so long you thought couldn’t be treated and then suddenly having that weight lifted? Amazing.
Whatever the specific issue is you are currently dealing with, get in touch with the lovely team at Intimate You to discuss how they can help you.