When you age, some activities, like sex, become less pleasurable. It happens when the vagina loses its elasticity. For some, regular Kegel exercises help, but for the others, this activity is not enough. Fortunately, there is a surgical procedure that can help with this concern – vaginoplasty.
Vaginoplasty is a procedure in which the vagina is reshaped or tightened. The vagina may lose elasticity due to childbirth or aging. This procedure reverses these issues. The surgery may also be done to fix a congenital disorder or to repair damage caused by diseases such as cancer.
To perform the surgery, the surgeon will assess the issues you are experiencing and determine the amount of tightening that needs to be done. You will get an idea of what changes to expect prior to surgery.
Vaginoplasty can benefit women who have:
- Given birth
- A malignant growth or abscess in the vagina
- A congenital disorder of the vagina, urethra, or rectum
- A vaginal prolapse
- A rectum protruding into the vagina
- Experienced trauma to the genital area affecting the vaginal structure
Those who undergo a vaginoplasty experience the following benefits:
- Better muscle strength and control
- Improved sensations during sex: heightened sexual responses, better friction, and more powerful orgasms
- Improved appearance of the vagina
- More sexual confidence
This procedure is also beneficial for women with congenital disorders, such as the following:
- Congenital adrenal hyperplasia – This condition refers to the absence or insufficiency of cortisol and aldosterone in women, affecting the development and form of the external genitals.
- Vaginal atresia – This condition refers to a deformed or non-functioning vagina.
- Vaginal agenesis – This rare disorder happens when the vagina is not fully formed and lacks a vaginal canal.
- Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome – This disorder is characterized by a lack of vagina and uterus, however, external genitalia are normal.
- Mullerian aplasia – This condition happens when the Mullerian duct develops abnormally.
Vaginoplasty may also be performed as part of a sex reassignment surgery for transgender individuals.
What Are the Risks of Vaginoplasty?
Much like other surgeries, vaginoplasty has some risks. These possible complications include the following:
- Dyspareunia or painful intercourse
- Vaginal dryness
- Vagina and perineal restriction
- Rectovaginal fistula (an unusual connection between the lower portion of your large intestine, rectum, and vagina)
Your surgeon will discuss all the possible risks with you before the start of surgery. This procedure is not for women with pelvic organ prolapse, rectocele, cystocele, obstructed defecation, or urinary or anal incontinence.
Vaginoplasty in Miami, Florida
Aging and childbirth, among other factors, should not deter you from enjoying sex and feeling confident about yourself. Vaginoplasty can bring back the pleasure you’ve lost. Levin’s Women’s Health & Wellness Center in Miami, Florida, offers this procedure.
Our obstetrician-gynecologists, Dr. Daniel Levin and Dr. Joan Alvarez, have years of experience in the field. They are passionate about providing quality healthcare to all patients. Along with our friendly staff, we aim to deliver one-of-a-kind care to address your needs. You may contact us at