Radiofrequency, which is already used to firm up the body tissue, can now be used on intimate areas. Dr Solano, a sexologist who performs this method in the CLIPP laser centre in Paris, tells us what women can expect from this treatment.
What are the effects of the ThermiVa?
The radiofrequency waves applied to the vulvar and vaginal areas have a number of positive effects. They tone the wall of the vagina in depth, and do the same to the vulvar area. Patients experience heightened sensations during sex, have more frequent orgasms and reach orgasm more quickly. Their partner can also feel this increased vaginal tonus. The ThermiVa improves vaginal lubrication and can stop minor urinary problems caused by the menopause (persistent drips after using the toilet, minor leaks, burning or itching in vaginal area).
All of these effects have been highlighted in the studies carried out on the ThermiVa.
What happens during a ThermiVa treatment?
A small probe, around the size of a finger, is inserted into the vagina and is then moved onto the vulva. It emits waves, which create a gentle warmth that spreads deep into the tissues. Sessions last just under an hour and are pain-free, with the patient only noticing a warm sensation. Results are noticeable after a few days, with optimum results after 6 to 9 months. We recommend having 2 to 3 sessions spaced a month apart, then a top-up session a year later.
Who is the ThermiVa designed for?
The ThermiVa is for menopausal women who want to recover the vulvar and vaginal condition of a non-menopausal woman. It is also for women who have been through pregnancy and whose vaginal area has become slacker, which adversely affects their sex life.
Dr Catherine Solano:
Dr Catherine Solano is a sexologist and andrologist, and a university tutor in sexology. She is a urology consultant for the Cochin hospital in Paris, and uses fractional lasers and radiofrequency to treat vaginal and vulvar issues at the CLIPP laser centre.