Vaginal relaxation syndrome (VRS)

What is vaginal relaxation and atrophy ?

Vaginal relaxation syndrome (VRS) is defined as laxity of the vaginal wall. It can result in loss of friction and sexual satisfaction for both a woman and her partner. Vaginal atrophy refers to the thinning of the wall of the vagina that often occurs post menopause and is associated with dryness.

What are the causes of vaginal relaxation and atrophy?

The most common cause of vaginal relaxation is overstretching of the vaginal wall during childbirth, which can increase with the number of births. Other causes are congenital connective tissue weakness and natural aging. Vaginal atrophy normally occurs post menopause due to a lack of estrogen.

What are the treatment options?

Until now, effective results for VRS could only be achieved through invasive surgical treatments such as anterior and posterior vaginal plastic surgery. There are mant post-operative complications associated with these procedures and a high degree of dissatisfaction with the results. The treatment options for atrophy due to menopause typically involve hormone therapy.

How does IntimaLase work?

The laser has a photo thermal heating effect on collagen in the vaginal walls which causes restructuring and regrowth of the collagen. This results in thickening and tightening of the vaginal walls to improve atrophy.

This simple, non-surgical, in office procedure is highly effective, pain free and safe. You can leave immediately after the procedure and continue your daily routine.

95% of women indicated they experienced a more than moderate level of vaginal tightening*.

  • Normal PAP smear within the last year
  • Clear urine culture , no bladder /urinary infection
  • Not pregnant
  • Not a heavy smoker
  • No chronic cough
  • Not a lifestyle with daily heavy lifting
  • Not obese, best is  < 33 BMI
  • No menstrual bleeding at time of procedure
  • The treatments take approximately 40 minutes
  • Walk in, walk out procedure with no sedation required
  • Some patients may experience mild pain, burning or itching sensation during treatment at the entrance to the vagina and /or vestibular area, however it is generally well tolerated and usually does not persist beyond 24 hours post treatment
  • No continuing or lasting post-treatment pain has been noted
  • Having the treatment has no effect on subsequent pregnancy and delivery
  • Patients can be treated safely with an existing sling in place, should it fail and they begin leaking again
  • A second follow up treatment is required four (4) weeks after the first treatment
Post treatment recommendation
  • No special after care of medication or special accessories is required
  • There will be mild swelling and erythema of the treated area
  • Take care to prevent trauma to the treated area
  • Abstain from sexual intercourse for two (2) weeks after treatment
  • Avoid heavy lifting and activities that increase pressure on the area for one month but otherwise resume usual activities
  • Refrain from inserting tampons into the vagina for four (4) weeks
  • Avoid activities that increase pressure on bladder and treatment area for one month such as heavy lifting
  • Maintain voiding diary for two (2) weeks after treatment or as long as directed
  • Appointment for second treatment four (4) weeks after the first treatment
  • Prolonged periods of sustained exercise are not recommended for two (2) weeks 

* Data on file