Urinary Incontinence: True or False


Urinary incontinence is a wide-spread condition, affecting millions of people across the country. There are several different types of incontinence, which are characterized by unwanted bladder leakage, incomplete urination, or pain when urinating. Urinary incontinence is all about the pelvic floor muscles, which can weaken due to age, pregnancy, or other stressors on the body.

The pelvic floor is made up of muscles, tissues, ligaments, and nerves that cradle and support the bladder, vagina, and uterus. When this area is weakened, it is more difficult for these organs to function. Read on to learn the truth about some common misconceptions about urinary incontinence:
 

1.      Delaying Urination Helps Strengthen the Bladder/Pelvic Floor

Have you ever heard your parents tell you this while on a road trip? Well they are partially right, holding in your pee can help you exercise control over your bladder, but only to an extent. Delaying going to the bathroom for too long can actually result in overstretching the bladder, causing it to not work properly afterward.

 2.      Reducing Fluid Intake Will Have a Positive Effect on Incontinence Symptoms

Again, there is a grain of truth in this statement. Drinking less fluid will result in less frequent urination, however, this is not a healthy solution. Dehydrating yourself will actually lead to more highly concentrated urine, which can then irritate the bladder and worsen the symptoms of urinary incontinence.

 3.      Increased Urinary Incontinence is Normal as we Age

This one is true. As we age, many of our organs slow down and our muscles weaken. Urinary incontinence is a natural sign of aging or stress on the body, and should not be an undue cause of shame. However, just because it is natural doesn’t mean that you are forced to live with it. There are several treatments available that can help reduce or even eliminate symptoms of urinary incontinence.

 4.      Surgery is the Only Effective Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

This one is most definitely false. Though surgery can be an effective method for some, there are other options for those who do not wish to go under the knife. Physical therapy exercises can help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and reduce symptoms. Another option is a vaginal rejuvenation procedure, such as VFemina’s FemiLift. FemiLift is a quick, non-invasive laser procedure that boosts collagen production in the vagina for a younger, healthier reproductive system. Besides alleviating symptoms of urinary incontinence, FemiLift also increases natural lubrication and tightness in the vagina.

Don’t feel like you have to be stuck dealing with symptoms of urinary incontinence. Explore one of the treatments listed above and see if it is right for you. If you would like to learn more about FemiLift, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our board-certified OB/GYN’s for more information on the procedure.

Restoring Your Confidence After Giving Birth


Pregnancy and birth is no doubt one of the most magical experiences a woman will have in her lifetime. Having a child is a momentous decision and life will never be the same after your little bundle of joy enters the world. However, the months and even years after giving birth can be difficult for some women. Not only will motherhood change your life, it will also change your body. Recent studies show that over 64 percent of new mothers felt that their body image has worsened since giving birth.

For some, this new body image can lead to feelings of self-consciousness, insecurity, and fear of intimacy. In addition to stretch marks and weight gain, a woman’s vagina also goes through changes during and after giving birth. Stretching of the vaginal walls and opening can occur permanently, and loss of sensation is also a common side effect. Coupled with dryness and itchiness, it’s no wonder that more than 8 in 10 women experience sexual intimacy problems in the first three months after birth.

Luckily, we live in an age where there are proven remedies to such issues. Simple Kegel exercises can be a great way to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, and a variety of over-the-counter lubricants can help with vaginal dryness. However, if none of these remedies are producing the desired results, VFemina’s Femilift procedure can be an excellent alternative! Femilift is a quick, non-invasive laser procedure proven to reduce vaginal looseness and increase natural lubrication. It can also help relieve symptoms of vaginal incontinence by tightening the pelvic floor.

Happy moms are healthy moms, and having confidence in your body and sexuality plays a major role. Don’t let the post-baby body get you down, check out Femilift today!

New Campaign Celebrates Women's Sexuality


An organization in New York is raising money for women’s reproductive healthcare with a fresh and interesting idea. “Conceived in Brooklyn” has designed and created huge vagina costumes in order to bring attention to the issue of women’s health in vulnerable and marginalized communities.

These big pink vagina costumes are popping up all over the city, and many of their exploits are documented on the “Conceived in Brooklyn” Instagram page. An organization spokesperson explained that their goal is to “bring awareness to the fact that things we may take for granted are a struggle for women in impoverished communities.”

These hilarious pictures feature vaginas sightseeing across the city, dancing on stage, and even eating a hotdog from a street vendor. The organization reports that they have encountered only positive reactions from spectators, though many people are confused when they first spy the costumes.

A spokesperson from the campaign stated that, “People ask to have their pictures taken with you and they ask why you’re wearing that. We try to wear it in adult settings, but the costume is not offensive in any way and no one has been offended.” The fact that people are curious about the costumes allows “Conceived in Brooklyn” to expand their reach and continue to promote their message.

The organization is working in conjunction with the non-profit “50 Cents. Period.”, a group that aims to provide menstrual materials to women and girls in India. “Our goal is to raise some money and bring awareness to the work that 50 Cents. Period. does. Will we ruffle a few feathers along the way? Probably, but we can live with that. We obviously don’t take ourselves too seriously,” the spokesperson explained.

This is a great way to bring attention to the often taboo topic of women’s sexuality and reproductive health. The approach is very direct and sensational enough to arouse curiosity in the audience, hopefully causing people to research and donate to the cause.

When asked who they would most want to wear one of their costumes, “Conceived in Brooklyn” responded that their first choice would be Betty White. Now that would be a sight!

Itchy Down There? Don't Worry!


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Most women, at some point or another, have experienced an itchy vagina. If this has happened to you, don’t fret!  This is a normal response that can be caused by a number of different things and is most often treatable. Check out the list below for reasons why you may be experiencing discomfort. If the itchiness persists, you may want to make time to talk with your gynecologist.   

  1. Yeast Infection

Yep, this is a common one. Yeast infections are caused by a disruption in the PH balance in the vagina, usually indicated by a thicker white discharge. Yeast infections can arise from a bad reaction to an antibiotic or even simply from stress. The good news is that most yeast infections can be treated with over-the-counter medication.

  1. Skin Allergy

If your vagina is itchy on the outside, it could simply be from an allergic reaction to a new shampoo or lotion. Discontinuing use of this product and switching to a gentler formula should clear this one right up. If your vagina is itchy on the inside, this could be due to an allergy to the types of tampons or pads you are using, or even your toilet paper. Spermicides or other contraceptives could also be to blame. It is even possible to be allergic to sperm! All of these allergies can be cleared up by taking an antihistamine.

  1. Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is also caused by upsetting the PH balance in the vagina, often due to douching (don’t do it!). Clear discharge with an odor can indicate bacterial vaginosis, and a trip to your doctor should fix your problem. If antibiotics don’t help, you could be experiencing mycoplasma bacteria, which is a bit trickier of an issue.

  1. Sexually Transmitted Disease

This one is not so fun to talk about, but an itchy vagina could be a symptom of chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, or several other infections. If you have recently had unprotected sex, it is best to go see your doctor and get tested. But don’t worry! All of these STD’s are treatable.

  1. Hormones

Hormones are often to blame for a variety of bodily issues, and this is true for vaginal discomfort as well. Especially when going through menopause, vaginas can become drier which leads to itching. FemiLift could be a great solution, if this is the case for you!

  1. Frequent Intercourse

What a problem to have! But it’s true, too much sex can irritate the vagina, especially if you already have problems with vaginal dryness. Take a break from vaginal intercourse for a few days and make sure to utilize artificial lubricants to enhance your experience and comfort.

This Year's Hottest Holiday Trend Is...


Vagina Christmas tree ornaments! Last month, Etsy seller Suzanne McAleenan, owner of her original FeltMelons brand, was featured in the UK publication Metro for her “vaginaments”. The story instantly went viral, and McAleenan had to temporarily close her shop due to the insane popularity of her product.

The “vaginaments” are all originally designed and handmade by McAleenan, and as such each one is a little different, just like real vaginas. They are made from handstitched felt and folded to better represent the vulva and inner and outer labia. Each one also has a jingle bell sewn in to represent the clitoris for added fun!

McAleenan wrote on the FeltMelons page that “Each ornament ships with a wee branded Vaginament name tag, because no vagina should be nameless!” Due to the publicity she received after the Metro piece, McAleenan’s little ornaments are currently sold out. However, you can check her page to see when more will be available for sale, and be sure to order in advance as they have to ship from Canada.

McAleenan is thrilled with the success of her “vaginaments”. “I’m completely overwhelmed by all the love regarding my happy little Vaginament ornaments. And my husband is completely overwhelmed that our mortgage is now secure for the next year,” she stated. She also does custom “vaginament” assignments several times a year, and makes cute perky breast ornaments to match.

This is a heartwarming trend this holiday season. Too often, vaginas are viewed as taboo or even distasteful, but the popularity of “vaginaments” is a great way to upend the negative stigmas surrounding vaginas and women’s sexuality. Make sure to order your “vaginament” soon!

You Can Say "Vagina"


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These days, we are at a strange place when it comes to women and sexuality. In a world where you can find just about anything at just the click of a button, the anatomical word for a woman’s genitalia is still somehow considered impolite or offensive. In fact, in 2012, Michigan state representative Lisa Brown was actually prohibited from speaking from the House floor because her speech included the word “vagina”. It is becoming more and more common to hear stories of teachers being punished for using the word in health class. “Vagina” is almost always censored on TV and even on some websites. What gives?

Well, the reason for this is less about the word and more about what it represents. Though “vagina” is a technical, medical term, it refers to the female sex organ and we all know that female sexuality is very scary stuff! This aversion to the word itself is the result of a culture of shaming women and their bodies because female sexuality makes people uncomfortable. This discomfort is not exclusive to men, as many women also feel uncomfortable with their own sexuality. This is evidenced by the tendency to avoid the word “vagina” and use nicknames instead such as “vajayjay”, “nether regions”, “hoo-hah” or just simply “vag”.

The truth is, this constant shaming and avoiding of the topic is actually really damaging for women and girls alike. Studies show that close to forty percent of women never discuss their vaginal health, even with friends or a doctor, and fifty percent of women wonder if their vagina looks “normal”. The appearance of vaginas actually varies widely among women, just like every other body part, yet teenage girls are increasingly requesting plastic surgeries on their labia so that they can conform to what they think is the norm.

We at VFemina know that there is no shame in women’s sexuality. It is something that should be able to be discussed honestly and openly without fear of judgement. However, the first step is being able to name what you are afraid of. So enough with the nicknames, and let’s all say VAGINA!

Be Happy with Your Body


These days, it’s too easy for women to have negative perceptions of their bodies. We live in a contradictory culture where women are told to be ashamed of their sexuality while being simultaneously held to an extreme standard of physical beauty. This beauty standard emphasizes youthfulness as the ideal, and can lead to women feeling ashamed and disheartened by their aging bodies. But in truth, aging is a natural and beautiful process, as are the many changes that a woman’s body encounters during her life.

The issues of aging, beauty, and women’s sexuality are becoming more frequent topics of conversation in popular culture. A growing number of famous models, musicians, and actresses are sporting “crotch-baring” dresses that feature either extreme side slits or sheer fronts. These women include supermodel Heidi Klum, fashion icon and reality star Kim Kardashian, and pop singer Iggy Azalea. This style can be seen as a rejection of the shame and secrecy that often surround women’s sexuality. Vaginal rejuvenation is a topic often discussed on both Keeping up with the Kardashians and on the Real Housewives franchise, and has led to much more interest and information available on the procedure.

Though some say that any enhancement procedure is just playing into the beauty standard, this is really a narrow view. Your body is your body, and you deserve to feel beautiful and comfortable in it. Whether that means going all natural, or just getting those few things changed that you are not quite happy with, it is your choice and no one else’s. As English glamour model Katie Price said about her procedures, “Everyone said don’t do it but I didn’t give a s**t--it was what I wanted.”

For many women, their sexual health and pleasure remain an important aspect of their lives no matter if they are 25 or 55. FemiLift can be a life-changing procedure for women who aren’t quite satisfied with their sex lives or who wish to be rid of symptoms of urinary incontinence. FemiLift is an easy 10-minute non-invasive laser procedure designed to tighten the vagina by increasing collagen production. Most women who undergo the procedure have reported seeing immediate results, and only 1-2 subsequent procedures are needed.

Don’t be ashamed of your aging body or your sexuality, both are natural and wonderful things. If you are feeling dissatisfied with your sex life, vaginal rejuvenation through FemiLift could be the answer you’re looking for, because you deserve to be happy in your body.

Fall Tips for a Healthy, Happy Vagina


As the cold weather approaches, it is important to maintain a healthy environment for your vagina. The good news is that vaginas are generally happier in the cool weather, and this makes it easier to appreciate the shift away from the humid summer. When it is hot outside your whole body tends to sweat more, including the pelvic area. This can lead to increased friction and irritation, as well as create a breeding ground for yeast infections. The vaginal area also tends to be subjected to more frequent hair maintenance in the summer due to wearing swimsuits or short shorts, which can cause further irritation.

Since soon you will not have to worry about these issues, here are some steps you can take during the winter months to ensure your vagina is at its healthiest:

Many women report an increase in itchiness during the colder seasons, and this is often caused by dry skin or irritating products. It is important to avoid using scented soaps, lotions, or panty liners, and to be gentle when shaving. Wearing tight clothing or underwear made of synthetic materials should also be avoided. Your vagina needs to breathe, and these types of materials trap moisture and make it easier to contract a yeast infection.

Using scentless soap and lotion on the outside of the vagina can be a great way to combat the season’s dry skin. However, do not put any of these inside the vagina, as this can disrupt the balance of bacteria that is essential to vaginal health. Inner vaginal dryness is a common result of aging and hormonal changes, and if this is an issue for you, a consultation with a VFemina specialist is a much better option than a DIY remedy! If you frequently experience intense itching that is not relieved by any of the suggestions above, it is important to consult your doctor. You could have a more serious but treatable problem such as a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, or Trichomoniasis.

Speaking of putting products inside the vagina, let’s take a minute to talk about douching. Recent surveys show that one in four women in the United States use these products on a regular basis. However, douching can actually be extremely harmful to the vagina. It has been linked to causing yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis because it disturbs the balance of bacteria within the vagina. Douching can also cause a pre-existing infection to be spread throughout the reproductive system, leading to more serious difficulties.

Though the purpose of douching is to clean the vagina, this is actually entirely unnecessary. The vagina is self-cleaning, and any attempt to help this process along is actually doing much more harm than good. Though the scents advertised by douching products may seem appealing, having a natural vaginal odor is healthy and normal. If you feel that your natural odor continues to be bothersome, you could always consult your doctor for healthy solutions.

Winter brings an exciting season of changes, and believe it or not, it is a happy and healthy time for your vagina. Consider utilizing these tips and enjoy the winter months to the fullest!  

Vaginal Rejuvenation Can Help Get Your Body Back


No one can deny that the female body is a precious and magical thing. And, like all living things, the female body ages. Part of the natural aging process includes a reduction in the amount of collagen found along the deeper layer of our skin. When most people, specifically women, think of collagen loss, they think about the loss of volume and plumpness in their faces. This very same collagen is found in other parts of the female body, including the vagina.

When women begin to lose collagen in their vaginas, the overall tightness is also diminished. As women mature and enter their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, many report feeling a sense of vaginal “looseness,” which is not only caused by aging, but can also be attributed to childbirth and in some cases, weight gain. When this happens, side effects such as urinary stress incontinence can develop; when urine involuntarily leaks when laughing, coughing, sneezing or exercising.

Vaginal looseness can also lead to sexual dissatisfaction due to the loss of sensation, not only for the woman, but for both partners. Many women also report lower self-confidence as a result of the changes in their vagina. They don’t feel quite as sexy as they once did. In addition, collagen loss can cause vaginal dryness, which can make sexual intercourse difficult and/or painful.

The good news is that this doesn’t have to happen to you! As a leader in the vaginal rejuvenation revolution, we, at VFemina, are proud to offer an exciting new non-surgical laser treatment called FemiLift. With a very simple, non-invasive, pain-free, 10-minute procedure (by one of our board certified OB/GYNs) most women notice an immediate change. After the first treatment, they state that they no longer worry about leaking and have noted that their sex lives have improved.

Laser vaginal rejuvenation is so popular right now that it is quite heavily discussed in the Kardashian household. On a recent episode of her late night show, Kocktails with Khloe, Khloe Kardashian shared how her sisters are always chatting about their vaginal laser treatments to tighten them back up after having their children. Like the Kardashians, many women have cited this procedure as life changing in ways that were considered impossible before FemiLift.

Patients tell us time and time again that one of the biggest benefits of FemiLift is feeling like their body is their own again. Age, childbirth, and a number of other factors can leave women feeling a sense of detachment from their sexual selves. Not only can FemiLift combat bladder leakage, but it can help to awaken a women’s sex life, leading to increased body confidence and overall improved well-being.

It is important to note that the FemiLift laser is FDA cleared and that three FemiLift treatments, approximately four weeks apart, are advised for optimal results. There is no down-time and women can return to normal activity that day, however, it is recommended that sexual intercourse be avoided for 3-4 days following the procedure.

If you are struggling with stress urinary incontinence and/or an unfulfilling sex life due to vaginal looseness, dryness and/or pain during intercourse, consider learning more about FemiLift. The results speak for themselves!

Another Year Older, And Wiser!


In an article published by Women’s Health Magazine, a study was conducted by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to determine the level of knowledge females have regarding their own vaginas. The results of this survey were quite surprising. What they found was that many women know very little about their “private parts,” specifically about how these parts of their bodies change through the years. Below, we have provided a brief, general overview as to what women can expect as their bodies begin to age.

Farewell to the “Teens”

Turning 20 can be seen as a milestone in a woman’s life. Puberty has finally come to an end, the body’s organs have started to fully develop, and the various “awkward phases” many women suffered while growing up begin to resolve. One example of this transformation can be seen by the reduction in size of the labia majora, or in lady terms the “lips” of the vagina. It is during the twenties that women may begin to lose fat in the outer labia, which is normal. These areas (along with the breasts) may start to sag a bit, due to volume loss, which is also part of the normal aging process.

Dirty at 30?

The “Dirty 30’s” have taken on a name of their own. During this phase in a woman’s life, dark shadows in the labia minora appear. No need to panic just yet! This is simply due to the hormonal changes experienced during aging and/or pregnancy. And, speaking of pregnancy, another shift that the female body experiences during pregnancy is the expansion of the uterus. Did you know that the uterus can grow as big as a watermelon (wow!) during the 40 weeks of her gestation? But, six weeks following the birth, the uterus will have shrunk back to its original size.

Embracing the 40’s

While 40 is “the new 30,” your vagina knows the truth. Reduced levels of estrogen can impact the vagina’s acid-alkaline balance, which has been known to cause some inflammation. Hormonal changes also lead to the thinning of the vaginal walls, as well as vaginal dryness, which can make sex somewhat painful. Some women in their 40’s have also reported itching, burning and redness. There is some good news, though: having regular sex can help prevent this atrophy! Other female bodily changes include a dwindling supply of eggs, shorter menstrual cycles, and for some (actually, for many), a loosened pelvic floor, which can cause bladder leakage and as some describe, a feeling of heaviness.

Turning Back the “Vaginal” Clock

There is some good news for those of you who wish to turn back the vaginal clock. Recent technological advancements have provided FemiLift, a pain-free, state-of-the art laser to rejuvenate the vagina and combat stress urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness and the looseness that can occur as women age. One to three quick procedures can completely makeover your private area. FemiLift will help transform your vagina back to the way it was before the natural aging process began. On top of that, it can be completed in 10 minutes with no down-time! Say goodbye to the fear that your vagina might show your true age, and learn more about FemiLift today.

Why FemiLift Works


An overload of creams and lotions has hit the marketplace claiming to provide the same results as vaginal tightening. But neither cream nor lotion can deliver the kind of results that vaginal tightening surgery can, except for the new, non-surgical FemiLift!

FemiLift vaginal tightening allows women to salvage their sex life by tightening the vagina non-surgically and with no downtime. In addition, it can alleviate the symptoms associated with urinary stress incontinence.

Kegel exercises and vaginal surgery can be a thing of the past with FemiLift. Vaginal looseness, decreased sensation with sex, and urinary incontinence can all be helped with this treatment. FemiLift helps restore a youthful vagina and promotes collagen production and remodeling with the use of a unique FDA-approved laser.

FemiLift works by comfortably delivering laser energy to the full circumference of the vagina safely and effectively. The specialized laser probe is inserted into the vagina and the laser energy penetrates the vaginal epithelium. The treatment, both comfortable and noninvasive, tightens the vagina while strengthening the supporting ligaments surrounding the bladder and the urethra.

FemiLift has additional benefits such as increased sexual gratification for both partners and reduction in urinary incontinence symptoms. It is recommended to receive three treatments for optimal, long lasting results.

The Beauty of FemiLift


In 2013 the Alma Laser company introduced FemiLift to help reduce vaginal laxity and improve sexual functioning for women. The vagina can lose collagen or tightness due to childbirth, aging or gravity. These changes can be reduced by the use of a special laser that is calibrated to work on vaginal tissues. By delivering the right amount of laser energy, the collagen in vaginal tissues is increased, as well as its blood flow. This creates a greater feeling of tightness, as well as an increase in vaginal lubrication.

What’s even more exciting is that it can reduce or cure the loss of urine from mild to moderate Urinary Stress Incontinence. This is the loss of urine when you cough, sneeze or exercise. This is caused by lack of support to the urethra. Studies have shown that FemiLift can help improve that laxity and reduce or cure the loss of urine with these activities. No more mini-pad every day!

FemiLift delivers laser energy to the vagina in a 5-10 minute procedure. No anesthesia or pain medications are needed. The procedure is virtually painless. There can be a sense of warmth during the procedure, but otherwise easy enough to be done during a lunch hour and go back to work! There will be a little discharge as the vagina is recovering. Avoidance of intercourse for 3-5 days is recommended.

1-3 treatments each 4 weeks apart may be required to get the results you are looking for. A “touch up” may be needed 1-2 years later. However, if you plan to get pregnant in the near future you should wait to do FemiLift until after delivery to get the best results.

The FemiLift procedure is not for everyone. If you have severe pelvic laxity FemiLift will not be enough. Those patients achieve better benefits from surgery to lift the bladder and vagina and tighten its opening. In many cases, these surgical procedures are considered medically necessary and covered by your medical insurance.

Why consider the FemiLift procedure?

If you feel that the walls of the vagina have become lax and sexual satisfaction is not what it used to be, FemiLift will help to improve that. If you have decreased vaginal lubrication from menopause, FemiLift can help. If you have loss of urine from Urinary Stress Incontinence and Kegel exercises haven’t helped, then FemiLift is a great option.

FemiLift is not the cure all for everyone but if you are looking for better sex, less urine loss and increased vaginal lubrication, then this new procedure may be the answer for you.

A consultation is necessary beforehand so we can make sure it’s the right procedure for you. An exam is needed to assess your individual situation and recommend the correct treatment options. The procedure is considered cosmetic and not covered by insurance at this time. Contact us to learn more or to schedule a consultation.