Menopause affects all women. However, most women are reluctant to talk about the common symptoms like vaginal dryness, itching, and urinary incontinence that can severely affect their quality of life and intimate relationships. These seldom talked about symptoms can profoundly impact their daily lives and intimate relationships. In fact, studies show that only 25% of women seek help from their doctor, believing its simply part of the aging process.
Dr. Palak Patel, of Chetco Medical and Aesthetics has seen first-hand how common of an issue this is for women. “We hear about this all the time from women who are patients at our practice. Unfortunately, until now, there have been very few non-pharmacological or non-surgical options that could address these common problems including vaginal atrophy, laxity and urinary incontinence”.
Luckily is about to change thanks to a breakthrough in medical technology. An in-office procedure called ThermiVa is the newest and most successful device on the market for restoring vaginal health and treating mild urinary incontinence. Chetco Medical and Aesthetics is one of the first practices in Oregon to offer the ThermiVa.
“We heard about ThermiVa in the medical community, and after researching it, we knew it was something we wanted to be able to offer our patients,” said Dr. Patel.
ThermiVa is a non-surgical therapy for vaginal atrophy and urinary incontinence offering more than a 90% improvement in symptoms and quality of life for women. The device stimulates new collagen production in the vaginal wall which naturally increases blood flow and lubrication and helps improve the natural function of the vagina. Studies have shown that beneficial stimulation of the vaginal tissues, due to the energy in the device, restores the functionality of urogenital structures.
“Because no anesthesia is required and its done in the comfort of our office, there is no down time and virtually no pain or side effects, Dr. Patel explains. “Patients notice improvement after the first treatment. Many have also shared additional benefits including an improvement in urinary stress incontinence, urgency as well as chronic vaginal infections.”
Patients undergo a series of three treatments spaced three to five weeks apart, and each treatment time is less than one hour long. Although the treatment is not covered by insurance, Dr. Patel noted that most insurances do not pay for current pharmaceutical treatments either. However, he noted that the procedure is comparably priced to the out-of-pocket cost of one year of hormone therapy.
For more information about the ThermiVa or to schedule a consultation to see if you are a candidate, call Chetco Medical& Aesthetics at 541-412-9800 or visit www.chetcomedical.com. You do not need to be a patient of Chetco Medical & Aesthetics to get this treatment.