Vaginal Laxity

It’s More Common Than You Think.

Sex can feel like it used to. Just like your skin, vaginal tissue is made up of collagen fibers. During delivery these tissues can overstretch, damaging the collagen and creating a feeling of looseness, especially around the vaginal opening. In a survey of over four hundred women¹ who had vaginal deliveries, nearly half reported some level of concern with vaginal looseness, or what is known as vaginal laxity. Women who experience this loss of tightness may also notice a decreased feeling of sensation and sexual satisfaction during intercourse.

During sexual intercourse, compared to the way it felt prior to having kids:

  • Does your vagina feel loose?
  • Is it difficult to feel partner penetration or physical sensation?
  • Is sexual satisfaction difficult to attain?

The Viveve treatment is not cosmetic. It is a non-surgical, in-office treatment option that can increase feelings of vaginal tightness and improve sexual satisfaction. The Viveve procedure requires no anesthesia, little to no downtime, and can be completed in about 30 minutes

¹Viveve Female Study, June 2009

Viveve Procedure Animation


How it works

At the beginning of the Viveve procedure, your doctor will insert a treatment tip about the size of your thumb right behind the vaginal opening. The tip is circumferentially moved around the opening, delivering pulsed heat to the collagen fibers that make up the underlying tissues while also cooling the surface. viveve-1

The Viveve treatment tip delivers pulses of heat to the collagen fibers while also cooling the surface.

Vaginal tissue reacts to the heat by reproducing new collagen fibers within the tissue². This collagen restoration process takes place over time, usually between 30-90 days after the treatment, and perhaps longer. These changes occur on the cellular level, so there are no outward signs of change to the vaginal tissue.

Risks: Adverse events (complications) are typically mild, temporary, and resolve shortly after treatment. Reported complications and side effects include: slightly elevated white discharge; redness or swelling; focal, transient “altered sensation” and “tingling” following treatment. In rare cases, a Viveve patient could develop an infection requiring antibiotics. Although no permanent complications have been reported, there is a remote possibility of damage to the urethra or rectum. The long term effects of the Viveve procedure are not known. Viveve makes no claims as to the total duration of effect or the number of times the Viveve treatment can be repeated.

²“Non-ablative hyperthermic mesenchymal regeneration: a proposed mechanism of action based on the Viveve model”, The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), Vol 7901

Clinical Results

In a 2009 Viveve study³, women who reported a decrease in sexual satisfaction following vaginal deliveries reported improved sexual satisfaction at 30 days and 6 months after the Viveve treatment. These women also indicated a significant decrease in sexual distress related to their sexual activity after the procedure. viveve-2
In that same study, 67% of the women who underwent treatment reported an increase in vaginal tightness at 30 days, and 87% at 6 months. viveve-3
³ “Radiofrequency Treatment of Vaginal Laxity after Vaginal Delivery: Nonsurgical Vaginal Tightening,” Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2010;7:3088-3095

Viveve is

  • Usually performed in the comfort of your physician’s office
  • Typically takes less than 30 minutes
  • Well-tolerated and doesn’t require anesthesia
  • Little to no downtime – you can go back to your normal activities following the procedure

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