Common Changes During Menopause

If you are going through menopause, you know first hand the stress and difficulty this stage of life brings. Emotional changes, difficulty sleeping, incontinence, vaginal dryness, vaginal laxity, hot flashes – the list goes on. Luckily, today we live in a world where the natural changes women go through are no longer considered a cause for embarrassment but celebrated as a new chapter in life. Dr. Natalie Drake is dedicated to helping women look and feel their best, which is why she offers a remarkable treatment called ThermiVa.

What is Menopause?

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when the function of the ovaries ceases. This is usually signaled by the absence of menstruation for a period of 12 months. Menopause is a gradual process, happening over a period of years opposed to overnight. Menopause, on average, occurs in a woman’s early 50s. The symptoms of menopause can include abnormal vaginal bleeding, hot flashes, vaginal changes, incontinence and mood changes.

What Causes Menopause?

Aging is the number one cause of menopause. Menopause is a natural occurrence, however, there are some conditions that can cause early menopause. Surgical removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy) or uterus (hysterectomy) both cause early menopause.

Cancer chemotherapy and radiation therapy have both been shown to cause early menopause. Depending on the type and location of the cancer, cancer therapy can result in early menopause in an ovulating woman. If this is the case, the symptoms of menopause often begin during treatment and begin to progress in the months after treatment.

What is ThermiVa?

ThermiVa is a non-surgical treatment aimed at restoring vaginal function and appearance. ThermiVa uses safe and gentle radio frequency energy. Many women entering menopause and beyond begin noticing vaginal changes as a result of age, childbearing and hormonal changes. ThermiVa treats all the common effects of age and menopause, such as:

  • Incontinence: ThermiVa treats mild to moderate incontinence by strengthening the pelvic floor.
  • Vaginal Dryness: A very common symptoms of menopause, vaginal dryness can cause uncomfortable or painful intercourse. ThermiVa is proven to increase natural lubrication without the use of hormones or artificial lubricants!
  • Orgasmic Function: ThermiVa stimulates inner and outer nerve function, as well as strengthens muscular contraction, improving orgasmic function.
  • Loose Labial Skin: Patients notice a significant change in the outer appearance of the labia, making the outside skin visibly tighter.

The ThermiVa Procedure

Many women have considered vaginal rejuvenation before, but are either embarrassed or afraid to move forward. With Dr. Drake, rest assured that you are in great hands. The ThermiVa procedure is painless, quick and requires no downtime.
During the procedure, Dr. Drake will use a sterile, single-use applicator designed to comfortably treat the labia and vagina. The applicator is about the size of a pen, thin, curved and rounded on the end to avoid discomfort. You will be fully awake during the procedure, in reclined in a chair with your feet in stirrups.

Warm gel is then applied to the applicator, which is placed on your skin and inside your vagina. You will feel a warming sensation, but there is no pain associated with the procedure. You will feel the presence of the applicator, but nothing will feel stretched or forced.

You will likely be able to return to daily activities immediately after the procedure, including work and intimacy. There are generally no side effects associated with this treatment.

Most women feel a difference in sensation and tightness during the first two weeks after their first treatment. The largest impact occurs after the third treatment. After the third treatment, it is recommended that you come back to Dr. Drake once a year to maintain results.

Is ThermiVa the Answer?

For menopausal women, the relief that ThermiVa brings is life changing. If you have been dealing with the frustrating, uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, ThermiVa may be the answer. ThermiVa has been improving the lives of menopausal women all over the United States – and now it’s your turn!

Contact Dr. Drake for your ThermiVa appointment today. Call us at (281) 402-3268. Practice Happiness is located at 9191 Pinecroft, Suite 150, The Woodlands, Texas 77380, and proudly serves the women of the greater Houston area including Spring, Conroe, Katie, Tomball and beyond!