If you are one of the many women who are either self-conscious about the appearance or structure of their genitalia or experience pain during sexual intercourse, you may be considering vaginal surgery.
The vagina can change in appearance after pregnancy or as a result of aging. A woman’s labia minora (the inner vaginal lips) can protrude beyond the outer lips (labia major), leading to reduced sexual desire, poor sexual self-esteem, or discomfort during intercourse or with undergarments.
Vaginal surgery in the form of vaginoplasty (repairing the vagina) or labiaplasty (reshaping the labia). These procedures may help reduce pain and improve the appearance, size, function, and sensitivity of the vagina. Not only that, but vaginal surgery can also renew your self-confidence.
However, before you undergo vaginal surgery, there are certain things you ought to know.
Why You Might Require Vaginal Surgery
Those who may be eligible for vaginoplasty include:
- Women who experience vaginal wall prolapse (when the top of the vagina falls closer to the entrance of the vagina)
- Women with congenital abnormalities that affect the vaginal area
- Female cancer patients who underwent extensive surgery or radiation treatment of organs or structures of the urinary tract and/or reproductive system
- Women who sustain physical trauma to the vaginal area as a result of an accident or assault
- Women whose genital structures have changed after childbirth or aging
- Women experiencing pain with sexual activity or exercise
- Women who experience diminished sexual sensation during intercourse after childbirth
- Those seeking to improve the appearance of their genitals
Preparing for Vaginal Surgery
The purpose of undergoing vaginal surgery may vary, but the goals of the procedure are similar. These include:
- Improving the appearance of the labia
- Heightening sensitivity during sexual intercourse
- Making exercise and physical activity more comfortable
- Improving your self-perception and self-esteem
What you need to do to prepare for vaginal surgery will depend on the type of procedure you are undergoing and the specific needs of the reconstruction or rejuvenation. Prior to surgery, your doctor will inform of what is involved and offer several recommendations for you to choose from.
Recovering from Vaginal Surgery
Recovery from vaginal surgery typically takes a few days. In the meantime, you may experience some common side effects including swelling, bruising, bleeding, light scarring, or mild to moderate pain. Depending on the type of procedure that is performed, you will not be able to engage in sexual intercourse for approximately six weeks after the surgery.
As with any surgical procedure, including vaginal surgery, there are a few risks that include infection, loss of sensation, scarring, or an adverse response to anesthesia. However, these complications are rare, and many are easily avoidable.
Vaginoplasty in Miami, Florida
At Levin’s Women’s Health & Wellness Center, our highly skilled physicians are dedicated to enhancing your life by providing exceptional, personalized, and friendly care while making sure you understand every step of your treatment plan and what to expect. We welcome any questions you may have and will take the time to provide in-depth answers that address your concerns.
To learn more about our women’s health services, including vaginal surgery, contact Levin’s Women’s Health & Wellness Center in North Miami, Florida today at (305) 981-0231 or simply use our convenient online appointment request form to arrange a consultation with one of our specialists.