If you have noticed that sex is not as pleasurable as it once was, and have heard a vaginal rejuvenation or perineoplasty can help and want to learn more – you are in the right place. Before scheduling the procedure, get to know the details about the root of the problem and what you can expect going forward.
The perineum is the area of thick skin and tissue between the anus and the vulva. When many women experience looseness following childbirth or stretching that naturally occurs with aging, they assume it has everything to do with the vagina and do not realize that the perineum is actually the area that needs to be addressed. This is the part of the pelvic floor that often tears during childbirth and requires stitching. Depending on the severity of the tear, many people experience longterm side effects like the inability to use the restroom without discomfort or uncomfortable or unfulfilling sex.
Perineoplasties and vaginoplasties are not the same
A perineoplasty is a type of cosmetic medical procedure that has the ultimate goal of tightening the vagina — making sex more pleasurable and keeping bowel habits in check. While vaginoplasties also tighten the vagina, these procedures accomplish the goal differently. A vaginoplasty mainly tightens the muscles of the vaginal canal. While this is effective in improving sexual satisfaction for some women, it may not be quite enough to revert the appearance and function of the vagina and perineum back to normal.
A perineoplasty tightens some of the posterior vaginal muscles but it also tightens the outer skin and underlying muscles of the perineum. Following the procedure, the size of the outer opening of the vagina will ultimately be tighter and provide a more pleasurable sexual experience.
Both procedures can be done at the same time
If needed or desired, these two procedures can be performed at the same time to produce the best results and a complete vaginal rejuvenation. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, during almost all cases of vaginoplasty procedures, a perineoplasty was performed as well— this statistic points to the effectiveness of the combination of the two (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5560421/).
Your partner's satisfaction could go up too
Following perineoplasties, partners reported a satisfaction rate of nearly 93 percent as measured by a study performed by BioMed Research International (https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2016/2495105/). The same study reported low dyspareunia (painful sex) rates following the procedure, few complications and high overall satisfaction with the results of the procedure.
The recovery process is faster than you may think
The recovery time for these procedures usually requires two weeks of limited physical activity and a month of intercourse abstinence. One month is sufficient time to minimize the risk of infection and the likelihood of experiencing pain during intercourse.
So, what's next?
If you are interested in improving the appearance of your vagina and perineum and enhancing your sex life, we can help. To learn more facts about perineoplasty and other possible options, schedule an appointment with our office. You can also call us at (732) 504-6917 for more information from Rejuv Aesthetic Gynecology.