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How to treat vaginal dryness?[Interview with Dr. Hollinger] 17 mei

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]This article is based on an interview with Dr. Barbla Hollinger, Switzerland. The famous Gynecologist sat with us and talked about her experience with the FemiLift CO2 laser treatment and how it helped many of her patients who suffered vaginal dryness and other symptoms.

Q: Is the FemiLift a mature technology? Are women already being treated with it?

Yes, it is! earlier this year the treatment has reached an impressive milestone. Over 100,000 women were treated by it worldwide! This technology helps patients with a variety of problems, such as vaginal dryness, infections, urinary incontinence and bladder infections as well as vaginal laxity after childbirth. I hope more studies take a closer look at the positive impact of laser treatments. It would be a great leap forward in our field.

Q: Is FemiLift suitable for women of all ages, or is there a minimum/maximum age restriction?

Yes, it is suitable for women of all ages. I have treated about 35 women whose age ranged from 18 to 80. These women were cancer survivors, women suffering natural menopause issues and young women with recurring infections or seeking vaginal rejuvenation after giving birth. Young patients can bare higher energy levels during treatment than older patients. Therefore, it is important to be very careful and adjust the levels accordingly. In either case, the results are great! For example, an 80-year-old patient suffered from severe urinary incontinence and pain caused by vaginal dryness. I started out the first session with a low energy level. For the second treatment, I increased it up a bit. For the last session, I already used a high level of energy. This process ended with astonishing results and a very happy patient.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] [caption id="attachment_18352" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Vaginal dryness expert Frau Dr. med. Barbla E. Hollinger[/caption] [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="20px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Q: How is FemiLift better than other solutions such as hormonal treatments or lubricant gels for vaginal dryness?

Hormone supplement therapy is as effective as laser treatment for vaginal dryness alone. However, keep in mind the hormonal treatment is only effective for as long as you take it. In order to reach substantial and long-lasting regeneration of the vaginal mucosa, the FemiLift laser or an equivalent treatment is inevitable. In Switzerland, hormonal treatment is covered by public health insurance whereas the FemiLift treatment has to be fully paid by the patient. But I know that in many countries this is changing and there are levels of insurance that cover it too. Nevertheless, subscribing hormones to patients with breast cancer or other hormone-related tumors is strictly forbidden! the risk is too high. They can either use a lubricant gel - which in my experience has hardly any effect at all - or undergo the FemiLift laser treatment. For them, FemiLift can really make a difference!

Q: How is the treatment conducted? How long before any results are achieved?

Normally we see major improvement after the second session. In order to obtain the best possible results, I advise my patients to book 3 sessions at 4-6 week intervals. The collagen in the vaginal tissue requires some time to completely regenerate. One should bear in mind, that we are treating live-tissue which fully recovers only after 3-6 months.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="20px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]

A video of the FemiLift treatment courtesy of Lāzermedicīnas klīnika, Riga.

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Q: Is the treatment painful?

The treatment, in general, should not be painful. However, the patients will feel a tingling sensation. It also depends on the energy level applied. I start at a low level and increase the energy step-by-step, which causes only slight discomfort. Sometimes it is best to conduct 4 sessions with a low level of energy instead of 3.

Q: Are there any side effects patients should expect?

So far we haven't encountered any severe side effects. There are very rare exceptions to that. In one case a patient reported that for 24 hours after the treatment she had little pinkish colored vaginal discharge. I also had one patient who felt slight irritation in her bladder. Therefore, I always recommend postponing sexual intercourse 24 hours after the treatment.

Q: How many treatments are needed? How long does each treatment take?

3-4 sessions are usually enough. In some cases, I recommend 4 sessions, especially to patients with a high degree of tightness. That's because I have to start with a low energy level. Each session takes about 15 to 30 minutes.

Q: Who administers the treatment?

A doctor or a certified family nurse can perform this treatment. That refers to Switzerland. When it comes to different locations I know regulations differ.

Q: You've mentioned cancer survivors. Can FemiLift relieve cancer therapy side effects?

A common side effect of cancer therapy is vaginal dryness, mostly right after chemotherapy or due to a surgically-induced menopause. This happens because the vaginal tissue loses its moisture and flexibility. Vaginal dryness provokes an uneasy feeling when you sit, walk or even while keeping still.  It also may cause pain during sexual intercourse. FemiLift improves these symptoms significantly. More importantly, the results of the FemiLift treatment are long-term. The earlier the treatment process begins, the better the results are – you can even use it alongside cancer therapy to gain the best possible results. That is of course if the patient is ready for it. Let me give you an example. I recently treated a 65 years old patient who had breast cancer many years ago. Since her recovery, she has suffered severe vaginal tightness. The standard instruments used at gynecological check-ups caused her extreme pain. At her first FemiLift treatment I could only use the slim FemiLift probe. It is Only 18 mm in diameter. At the fourth treatment, I could treat her with the standard 28 mm probe and the pain was gone. From now on gynecological check-ups as well as sexual intercourse are no longer painful to her.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="20px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]FemiLift for vaginal dryness[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="20px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Q: Is FemiLift only effective for women who fully recovered from cancer?

Not at all. It is effective regardless of which stage you choose to have it. You can commence treatment alongside cancer therapy. However, for many women who undergo cancer therapy, this is not the top priority. Therefore, I only recommend FemiLift during cancer treatment if the patient reports vaginal dryness or pain. Otherwise, I’d recommend waiting until the cancer treatment has been completed. The ultimate solution for dryness is the FemiLift laser treatment.

Q: Is there any research supporting the claim FemiLift helps cancer survivors?

There are a couple of excellent studies published. Unfortunately, it’s still a relatively understudied topic. Pagano “Evaluation of the CO2 Laser Therapy on Vulvar-Vaginal Atrophy (VVA) in Oncological Patients: Preliminary Results”,  is a study I consider to be one of the most thorough studies on this topic to date. Also, there was one conducted by Paolo Scollo, director of Gynecology at the Cannizzaro Hospital of Catania. This study was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Women who participated in this study reported a satisfaction rate of 80%, which is very high.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dr. Barbla Hollinger is a Swiss Gynaecologist and owns a practice in Oberwil, BL. She has over 2 years of experience with the FemiLift CO2 laser treatment and is very enthusiastic regarding its efficiency treating vaginal dryness, laxity and stress urinary incontinence. For further information about her practice, visit and[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="20px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Urinary incontinence – laser treatment solution 23 apr

Urinary incontinence can occur while Laughing, sneezing, coughing  or exercising. This is common in young mothers, but it can occur at all ages. It is usually treated with pelvic physiotherapy (and sometimes even surgery), but nowadays it can also be treated with a painless vaginal laser treatment; FemiLift.

How does it work?

With a vaginal laser treatment, the vaginal wall is strengthened.  The laser stimulates the mucous membranes and the underlying connective tissue of the vagina, so the vagina better supports the urethra.  The treatment takes place at the outpatient clinic and can be performed without anesthetic.  3 treatments are required every 4-6 weeks. Thereafter, every 1-2 years, 1-2 treatments are needed to maintain the effect.

Non-surgical treatment with laser: FemiLift

The advantage of the FemiLift laser is that it is not invasive treatment. There are no restrictions after treatment.  The treatment is generally painless.  Improvement of the connective tissue and therefore of the firmness of the vagina, makes that about 85% of the treated women no longer suffer from urinary incontinence. Patient can immediately return her normal activities after treatment.

A brave new postmenopause world 25 mrt

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What is postmenopause?

We have discussed menopause extensively in previous posts. What happens afterward? Menopause is the time frame that marks the termination of a woman's menstrual cycles. It is a normal part of aging and marks the end of a woman's reproductive years. For most women menopause usually happens between the ages of 40 and 50 years and can last about 5 years. Normally,  women are deemed to have reached menopause when monthly periods have stopped for around 12 consecutive months. However,  women who had their ovaries surgically removed experience "sudden menopause" no matter how old they are. Postmenopause is essentially the rest of a woman's life after menopause has completed and can last over 30 years.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Some astonishing menopause-related stats

  • The average age of menopause is 51 years, however, the age can range from 40 to 58 years.
  • The average life expectancy (in the US) is 84 years and rising. Combine this with the previous stat and you can conclude that many women will spend 50% of their life as post-menopausal.
  • By 2025 the number of post-menopausal women worldwide is projected to be 1.1 Billion!
  • Studies show that nearly 60% of women suffer from more than one symptom of menopause. Nearly 25% of these women claim that it affects their lives in a way they must seek medical assistance e.g therapy or medication.

What actually changes during menopause?

Essentially, during menopause, the ovaries no longer produce high levels of female hormones- estrogen and progesterone (they also produce testosterone). These hormones enable control of the menstruation cycle. Estrogen also affects how the female body uses calcium and maintains cholesterol levels in the blood. Menopause can be typically divided into 3 periods: Perimenopause or "menopause transition"- a gradual normal process which usually starts in women's early 40's but might start earlier. It can last as long as 8-10 years leading up to menopause. In its last stages, the drop in estrogen accelerates. Many women might experience menopause symptoms yet still have menstrual cycles and can become pregnant. Menopause. Menopause is the point when women no longer have their menstrual periods. The ovaries have completely stopped releasing eggs and no longer produce most of their estrogen. Menopause is officially diagnosed when a woman hasn't had a period for 12 consecutive months. Postmenopause. The years after menopause. As written earlier in this post, many women now spend most of their lives post-menopausal.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Common postmenopause symptoms

The list of menopause common symptoms is very long, therefore, many women share different experiences about that period. Many have hot flashes, Insomnia, emotional instability, worsening of premenstrual syndrome while others suffer other types of discomfort. In most cases, these symptoms ease gradually once postmenopause begins. Truth is, many women have reported that once they became postmenopausal, they felt newly energized and experienced an improved overall feeling of well-being. On the other hand, there are women who experience a few lingering symptoms that may last for as long as 10 years after menopause. Here is a list of the most common postmenopause symptoms: Vaginal dryness or itching - due to the decreased production of estrogen, women's vaginal walls become thinner and even atrophy. This causes dryness which leads to constant itching, soreness, and pain during sexual intercourse. Vaginal discharge - this can often be a sign of vaginal atrophy much like the dryness and itching mentioned above. In some cases, it might be tinted with blood which is not necessarily a problem but if it becomes stronger and more frequent medical advice should be sought. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) - studies suggest that nearly 40% of postmenopause women suffer from mild to severe urinary incontinence. This loss of bladder control during physical activities such as laughing, sneezing, coughing or exercising. The Weakening of the muscles that control the bladder is related to the low levels of estrogen. This symptom which causes distress to many women can be improved to a degree with Kegel (pelvic floor) exercise and even more some with energy based vaginal treatments as the FemiLift. Weight gain - a common phenomenon for women at this stage is an inexplicable weight gain of about 5-10 kgs. Insomnia - Some women find it very hard to sleep regularly during first years of postmenopause.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

What about sexual life?

Whether it's due to the symptoms listed above, or just prejudice established earlier in life, some women believe they should give up on sex when they reach menopause. Loss of sex during menopause or later is not a predicament, as many women are finding out today. Moreover, remaining sexually active when older holds many health benefits, especially for women. Here are a few: Improves blood flow and reduces stress Strengthens the immune system Promotes better sleep Supports bladder control By addressing the aforementioned troublesome symptoms and restoring your the self-confidence you are taking a huge step towards an extreme improvement to your well-being.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Treating postmenopause symptoms

[caption id="attachment_18247" align="alignright" width="400"]Postmenopause couple Many women choose to improve their well-being[/caption] Women who choose to improve their well-being by addressing these symptoms directly can usually choose between 4 approaches. Each of these approaches can help with several but probably not all symptoms together. Therefore women should consider combining and trying out at least Two of these according to their needs. Lifestyle change— This one can be tricky. On paper, its the most obvious and safest approach but it is not always so easy to implement. It includes exercising regularly, engaging in stress-reducing activities, and keeping a well-balanced postmenopause friendly diet. Alternative medicine— There is a wide range of treatments of course. These include hormone regulating natural herbs, massage, aromatherapy, and biofeedback.  Medication— In the past, especially in the USA there were many women who chose hormone replacement therapy (HRT). However, researchers have suggested the introduction of synthetic hormones increases the risk for life-threatening conditions dramatically. These conditions include heart disease, breast and ovarian cancer, blood clots and more. None-invasive surgical laser treatment such as the FemiLift— These are targeted specifically for issues such as vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, and vaginal laxity. By addressing and treating these issues many women find they can rediscover and rejuvenate their sexual life, confidence, and femininity.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Where to get help?

You should always start off by meeting with a doctor, preferably a Gynecologist but a family doctor or GP can also help. We have a list of providers you can check out here. Online communities— There are some great blogs, youtube channels and social media pages full of tips and encouragement. Here are some we find worthwhile looking into.

thetruthergirl Youtube channel

@Letstalkv Facebook page with excellent Dr. Live videos. Menopause Goddess blog - health advice and many resources by Lynette Sheppard. The North American Menopause Society  a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting women's health. Menopausefacts Malaysian organization also includes excellent podcasts with Doctors. Our Facebook FemiLift page of course![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row]

‘Hot Sex Adviser’ tries out FemiLift – Watch! 21 jan

Cheryl Schaff of Nuvell clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona is one of FemiLift's strongest advocates. She is very confident in this treatment's capabilities and ability to help women from various age groups and stages in life. Recently, she has decided to team up with Susan Bratton for a FemiLift testimonial. Susan is also known as the "hot sex adviser to millions". They decided to educate Susan's youtube followers on the huge benefits FemiLift can offer them. At first stage, Cheryl briefed Susan about what to expect from the 1st treatment. She reassured her that the procedure is minimally invasive (basically like a regular Gynocologist check-up) and pain-free. Susan expresses her difficulties with her sex-life due to hormone replacement treatment she is going through. Cheryl explains exactly how the FemiLift will alleviate most of the symptoms Susan is suffering from such as vaginal laxity and dryness.

Vaginal rejuvenation FemiLift testimonial part 1

In part 2, Cheryl brings Susan into her clinic and explains the specifics of the FemiLift treatment. She informs her exactly how the procedure is done and how quick it is - only 5 minutes!

Vaginal rejuvenation FemiLift testimonial part 2

As we can see, Susan is very enthusiastic when it comes to trying out new technologies and practices. Obviously, Susan is determined to improve her love life and feminine well-being. Being an outspoken person she wants to tell us all about it. Next, she has filmed herself right after the first session and shared what she had felt.

Vaginal rejuvenation FemiLift testimonial part 3 - after the treatment

[embed][/embed] Next up, Susan returns to Nuvell clinic for additional sessions that will boost the effectiveness of the initial one. Cheryl reiterates the benefits of the vaginal treatment. Among these are- She then concludes that women have the choice to decide how their most intimate parts feel and appear. All in a natural, none surgical approach.

Vaginal rejuvenation FemiLift testimonial part 4 

[embed][/embed] In conclusion, Susan and Cheryl are very happy. The vaginal rejuvenation treatment results were fantastic. Together, they decide to share it with TV viewers of "Sonoran Living" show.

Vaginal rejuvenation FemiLift testimonial part 5 - TV show

[embed][/embed] We thank both of these women for the thorough and enlightening work they've done. We certainly hope this has shed some light on the matter. For those of you that would like to read more, Susan even went on to write an article. You can find it here (must join as a member of that site to read). To be on the safe side, we encourage you to consult with your Gynocologist first before you undergo treatment. This way you can make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure.   [caption id="attachment_18156" align="alignnone" width="300"]FemiLift testimonial courtesy of Nuvelle clinic Cheryl Schaff - MSN, APRN, FNP-BC[/caption]

FemiLift helps rediscovering your body and sexuality after cancer 02 nov

Cancer- this illness has touched almost everyone's lives- Who of us hasn't had a relative dealing with it?

October was the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We have decided to shed some light on the issues women deal with after they have recovered. While there have been substantial advancements in medicine and technology there are still many troubling side effects that follow most of the conventional treatments, especially for women. Just when these brave women think the battle is over, they are proven wrong when they face the "collateral damage" and it's devastating effect on their emotional and sexual well-being.

The Symptoms

Chemo and radiotherapy, and also hormonal therapies, may cause skin rashes, vaginal dryness and other side effects that may undermine cancer survivors' sexual life. In essence, some of these women, those who are well below the expected age, experience premature menopause. However, solutions do exist, starting from a correct choice of detergents and underwear to a laser that stimulates collagen production. Not only the skin, but even genital organs and consequently one's sexuality may be subject to the side effects of Oncological therapies on patients' bodies. Disturbances such as vaginal atrophy, incontinence, difficulty or impossibility in having sexual intercourse are frequent consequences of female tumor treatment with hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. Yet, this is not a “toll” that needs to be paid without even trying to put up a fight. This topic was discussed during the 6th edition of the Scientific Board “The Rediscovered Body”, composed by dermatologists who have been working for several years on the damages caused by Oncological therapies.

The role of the dermatologist

When dealing with sexual disturbances the first physician that comes to mind is the gynecologist. However, when these disturbances are the consequence of a tumor and its relative therapies, women need to take a wider perspective, given that oftentimes they do not have the courage of talking about these problems with an oncologist. According to the Italian Association of Medical Oncology, only 10% of the patients speak to their doctor about this. “As dermatologists, we're often called upon for specific problems: atrophy, the appearance of symptoms such as itching, stenosis, ease of inflammation, difficult recovery following local infections (candidiasis, trichomonas, herpes)” – says Maria Concetta Pucci Romano, specialist in dermatology and president of the Board The Rediscovered Body. “Furthermore, this area can also be the site of dermatological illnesses: psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, atrophic lichen sclerosis.”

Effects of aromatase inhibitors

In a very high percentage of cases, women with cancer and subject to chemotherapy during their fertile age suffer early menopause. Not only that: “In case of hormone-dependent breast cancer, in addition to traditional chemo and radiotherapy, a therapy with drugs called aromatase inhibitors is prescribed in order to increase the survival rate and prevent the risk of metastasis. These drugs destroy all deposits and production of estrogens, eliminating their presence” – explains Pucci Romano. “This therapeutic ‘umbrella’ undoubtedly saves lives and needs to be administered over the years, but for women aromatase inhibitors are an insidious and wicked enemy: androgenetic alopecia, dry skin, body hair growth and genital mucosal disruption are some of the most frequent side effects, and even arthralgia, ease of losing weight, mood disorders. And this occurs in situations where the patient is very far from old age” continues the specialist.

What types of disturbances do these cancer survivors suffer from?

According to the data provided by the Italian Association of Medical Oncology, 70% of women with breast cancer suffer from vaginal atrophy when subject to hormonal therapies used to fight the illness. This problem affects all of the patients operated for ovarian cancer due to the removal of the organ. Even chemotherapy and radiotherapy can determine these kinds of problem. “Chemotherapy” – explains Gabriella Fabbrocini, associate professor of dermatology and venereology at the University of Naples Federico II and head of the outpatient clinic ‘The Rediscovered Body’- “stimulates xerosis, which means dry and arid skin, and this occurs both at the level of the skin and genital mucus. In women in menopause operated for breast tumor, whose hormone level is altered, this symptom becomes much more evident with vulvodynia and limitation of their sexual life. In men, and also in women, there may be fungal or bacterial fractions” concludes Fabbrocini. Skin rashes, in the same way as it occurs on the face and body, may also appear in genital areas. “In the case of Egfr inhibitors” – explains Fabbrocini – “the rash can be localized, even if occasionally, at the genital level and in the hairy zones of this area. The most annoying symptom is itching accompanied by the fear of showing intimate areas which are not intact to the partner, which may invalidate a person's sexual life.”

The suggested solution - collagen stimulation by CO2 laser treatment

Until now, the only therapies available were hormonal treatments. These cannot be used on women diagnosed with tumor given the high risk of relapse of the illness. Other solutions are lubricant gels, which are only effective in the short term. However, today new instruments are available such as a laser capable of effectively treating vaginal atrophy, the condition which occurs in more than 50% of the women suffering from menopause and, most of all, in Oncological patients. Lasers are considered very effective because they directly stimulate the production of collagen, which during menopause hardens and loses thickness.

How does collagen growth help?

“The collagen regains the capacity of producing mucus and the vagina returns to its original elasticity and lubrication as before menopause,” explains Paolo Scollo, director of gynecology at the Cannizzaro Hospital of Catania. A particular instrument, a CO2 laser such as the FemiLift, is also suitable for Oncological patients because it has a smaller probe than the one used for transvaginal ultrasound scans. Three sessions are needed, once every month, lasting about 10 minutes each. “The new application field of these tools” – continues Scollo – “is indeed with these patients, oftentimes young and suffering from menopause induced by surgical intervention, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy or radiotherapy.”

The clinical study

A pilot study was carried out at the Cannizzaro Hospital of Catania on 35 oncological patients to evaluate the production of collagen after laser treatment: "The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, has demonstrated that thanks to laser treatment, collagen thickness tripled. In addition, we conducted a survey of patients after 6 months and a year and a half in order to assess their degree of satisfaction. The satisfaction score reported was 80% and it was also confirmed by the results of the biopsies carried out,” continues Scollo. This study was the starting point of the national campaign ‘Femilift for the quality of life of oncological patients’ presented this past March at the Ministry of Health. Another application field of this laser is in vulvar dystrophy, in particular with old and oncological patients: “It is a condition which causes burning sensations, itching, insensitive skin and the laser works very well in this case,” states Scollo. Another international study on the effectiveness of laser in this field is currently undergoing and being led by the Cannizzaro Hospital of Catania. The departments of gynecology of the Tel Aviv and Buenos Aires hospitals also participate in this research.”

Other important tips for cancer survivors to consider

The right detergents

However, what can be done during everyday life in order to alleviate these disturbances? “Cleaning the area with delicate soaps free of parabens, silicones and useless disinfectants which may further alter the local balance,” suggests Pucci Romano. “Cleansing oils, moisturizing, with fatty components of vegetable origins are good (jojoba, karite, pumpkin, olive oil) and also the ones derived from chemical syntheses as long as they are green (glycerin, cholesterol, glucose, rhamnose, lactic acid), which leave a soft and moisturized mucous.”

What to avoid

Lubricant gels that need to be applied internally have led to the growth of a market full of products that promise hydration, lubrication, eased sexual intercourse. However, do they really work? “The majority of them are a triumph of bad chemistry (Vaseline, Paraffin, PEG and many other components),” warns Pucci Romano, who also adds, “As president of Skineco, a scientific association which promotes the eco-dermo-compatibility of the products that come into contact with the skin and mucous, I cannot abstain from advising against the use of these products. Their active ingredients are much praised (hyaluronic acid, vegetable oils, aloe, etc.) and they are certainly valid and reliable, but the vehicles which transport them to their final site of destination (vulva and vagina) are almost always of the worst quality.”


Even choosing correct and dermo-compatible underwear is important for cancer survivors. “As Skineco,” tells Pucci Romano, “we have carried out a study on cotton. The results are disconcerting: the presence of contaminating substances used for several purposes, from spinning to coloring, was really high. And we did not test samples coming from market stalls or Chinese productions but famous brands”. A report was particularly frightening. The presence of optical bleachers (such as formaldehyde, perchlorates, peroxides) used to whiten cotton was reported as active in the fabric after well over 10 washing cycles. Skineco experts have also analyzed underwear recommended for gynecological problems, whose fabric is weaved with silver fibers (praised as “anti-inflammatory”). In the tests carried out, these have demonstrated an extremely high level of cytotoxicity, i.e. cellular death.

Laundry detergents

Finally, care must be reserved for laundry detergents used to wash underwear. In particular, softeners which are based on quaternary ammonium salts, and are difficult to rinse. These toxic salts remain trapped in the fabric for a long time. “That ‘soft and fragrant’ feeling that is so seducing comes back as mucous secretions which are somehow reactivated. This is not healthy for the physiological balance of cancer survivors. Ut also affects the microbiota of the genital mucous,” concludes Pucci Romano. This article was originally published by di IRMA D'ARIA courtesy of  

See video of Dr. Simhaee of Long Island, NY explaining the benefits of FemiLift for woman after breast cancer treatment

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Inside one mom's quest to stop wetting her pants.

Confession: I wet my pants. I pee a little when I'm running to catch up with my speedy toddler. I pee a little when I sneeze. Or laugh too hard. And I cannot go near a bouncy house or a trampoline park—they're my worst nightmare. I was never a bed-wetter. I never had accidents as a kid. I was NOT the kid who smelled like pee. In fact, everything was fine until I gave birth to my kids. Maybe it's supposed to be a cosmic lesson in empathy, that when your kids are soiling themselves in diapers, you can't jump over a puddle or run to catch a train without peeing a little on yourself. I don't want to be the mom who has to cut in front of my potty training toddler in the bathroom line, chirping, "Mommy first! Then you get to go!" Click below to read the full blog post from Woman's Day magazine/Oct 10, 2017

Misbehaving bladder? Help is here. 13 sep

You know the feeling.

A good old sneeze is making its way up. You are just trying to fight it as best as you possibly can because you know – when you sneeze, you pee. It's annoying, embarrassing and messy, to say the least! Laughing is no longer a laughing matter either…. What used to be a funny moment is not so fun anymore. You might be surprised, but you are definitely not alone. Truth is many women suffer from SUI (stress urinary incontinence).

A common problem.

Millions of women around the world suffer from this. Simple everyday actions such as sneezing, coughing, laughing or even just bending over often lead to unwanted urinary leakage. For some ladies daily bladder control problems are so severe they have to run to the bathroom often regardless of what they were doing. This problem is known as Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). SUI is an extremely common issue that can lead to frustration, embarrassment and an overall decrease in quality of life. After all, nobody wants to feel self-conscious about their bladder all the time, or have to run to the bathroom so often. Why can't I control my body anymore? SUI is essentially the weakening of muscles and tissues that support the bladder and regulate urinary release. This weakening makes it harder to control regulation of urine, involuntary and unwanted leakage is experienced. [caption id="attachment_17666" align="alignright" width="300"]Urinary leakage issues This awkward posture is defiantly not a solution to SUI[/caption] As mentioned earlier, the triggers can be anything from sneezing to coughing, lifting something heavy and even having sex. There are various reasons that lead to SUI, including age, hormonal changes, childbirth and increased body weight, to name a few. Sometimes it is a combination of several of these – or for no apparent reason whatsoever. The fact is this – SUI is very common, and thankfully – very treatable. It's just a matter of getting over the embarrassment and getting on with a solution.    

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is real and can be very annoying.

Now, there's a solution that really works.

Modern day science makes SUI easily treatable. Energy-based technology has made huge progress in recent years. We have seen so much innovation in safe, non-surgical lifting processes for the face and body that resulted in an abundance of options for women (and men) who want to improve their physical and mental being safely and effectively. In recent years, cutting-edge technologies used for the face and body, are being directed towards the improvement of vaginal and urinary functioning. That includes dealing with the issue of SUI. The same principles that have been working successfully for years are now available for women who want to feel better and lead a more fulfilling feminine life. Controlling your urinary release is indeed one of the most significant issues that affect how well you live. Hence, regaining that control is essential. [blog_optin title=" have any questions? Contact us for help."][contact-form-7 id="16705" title="blog optin"][/blog_optin]

This solution can fix your SUI issues (and other issues, too!)

How does it work? Same as with any tightening or rejuvenation process works on your face, or any other part of your body, so can your vagina be tightened or, essentially, "lifted". Consequently, this technique reinforces the weakened muscles and tissues that lead to leakage. Afterwards, you can easily control your urine release and no longer experience loss of bladder control. A very successful solution called FemiLift utilizes highly advanced CO2 laser technology to treat a wide range of feminine issues. These issues include SUI, vaginal laxity and post-menopause indications such as dry vaginal lining and thinning. Moreover, it helps to clear up recurring infections or irritation.

Painless and comfy.

[caption id="attachment_17670" align="alignright" width="400"]SUI treatment clinic You don't need to go to the hospital to treat SUI[/caption] Most noteworthy- regardless of your age or issue, this treatment is completely safe and virtually painless. Hence, you can leisurely have it done in a comfortable outpatient environment. You don't need to take any time off and you'll be surprised to learn how quickly the results are experienced! Would you have to consult your gynecologist first? Of course, but remember – every woman who feels like something is not quite right can be helped. Isn't it a shame not to?    

So what can you do now?

First of all, you should stop worrying – You are not alone and what you are experiencing is completely normal and common – and most importantly – treatable! Next, you should contact your healthcare provider (GP or gynecologist) to share your concerns and symptoms and discuss proper treatment. Last but not least, you should find more online resources to educate yourself about the latest solution available and make sure that it is right for you. To find out more, you can visit: Femilift treatment

LUX~A Medical Spa Announces the Arrival of FemiLift 10 aug

Dr. Carmen Traywick and Dr. Frederick Weniger of LUX-A Medical Spa are pleased to announce the arrival of FemiLift laser treatment to their Bluffton, SC, practice. FemiLift is an innovative FDA-approved non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation treatment. The procedure uses fractional CO2 laser technology to revitalize the vaginal tissues, by stimulating the production of collagen. The laser deep heats the inner layers of the vaginal tissue, so as to tighten the tissue and restore proper function to the entire vaginal area. "FemiLift is a cutting-edge procedure that is quick and painless, and has been clinically proven to treat feminine health concerns such as vaginal dryness, vaginal laxity, and recurring infections," says Dr. Carmen Traywick, co-founder of LUX~A Medical Spa. "It has also been shown to have a positive impact on a patient's overall quality of life," she adds. FemiLift is a safe and effective treatment that does not involve surgery or downtime and has long-lasting results. It is an in-office procedure that takes about 15 minutes to perform. Patients can expect to see results after a single treatment, and this will continue over the course of the recommended number of 3 treatments. Locate FemiLift Clinics in your area 

Women Are Actually Getting Vagina Lifts To Fix Saggy Vaginas 24 jul

"When you think about the effects of aging, you probably envision crow’s feet, a slowed metabolism, and maybe the dreaded hot flashes that many a menopausal woman has bemoaned. Lower on that list—for me at least—is the possibility that along with my chin and boobs, my vagina could actually start to sag one day. Ah, Mother Nature—she can be a blessing and a bitch."
Gynecological surgeon, Dr. Prudence Hall says that “As women age, our vaginal tissues become thinner and more atrophic.” Dr. Hall founder of the Santa Monica-based regenerative medicine clinic The Hall Center. “Youthful vaginal tissue is elastic and pliable to accommodate childbirth, allowing for easy and painless intercourse. Contrary to that is aging—or postpartum—vaginal tissue. In these cases the vagina can become dry and stretched out, creating less sexual sensitivity and real discomfort for women.”
Read more about FemiLift "vagina lift" at this stylecaster blog post. vagina lift

The questions you were too embarrassed to ask..answered! 25 jun

FemiLift Patient Interview

Deborah Cruz, the TruthfulMommy blogger has found answers to the questions about the FemiLift treatment you were too embarrassed to ask.

FemiLift procedure – I had a million, some very personal questions. I wanted to speak with someone who actually experienced the procedure, and Jackie Jorge was a great sport and answered every single one of them. On a scale of One to Ten, how painful was it?  I would say it was a Two if Ten is the worst pain ever. (Wow! Less painful than I expected.) How invasive did it feel? I hated the early pregnancy ultrasound wands so how does it compare to that? It’s way smaller than the ultrasound pregnancy wand, but there is definitely something going “in” you, so you can feel it. I think a pap is more invasive (and painful) than FemiLift treatment. (Good to know because my paps are pretty painful) How many treatments did you need? Doctor recommended 3 FemiLift treatments. What was your personal recovery time? There is no recovery time. I was able to go about my day just as usual. The nurse said I shouldn’t have intercourse on the night of the treatment. (Definitely shorter than I expected.)

Can you tell a difference? How? Is it visible or strictly internal and a change in sensation?

Yes! I can absolutely feel the difference. I had two major issues that I was trying to address. The first was stress urinary incontinence and the other was dryness during intercourse. By the 3rd week of the first treatment, I noticed I wasn’t peeing when I laughed or sneezed. By the second treatment, I had actually caught a cold and it was the first time I didn’t need a mini pad during my cold! Another great difference is when I take my daughters to the bathroom. I used to have to use the toilet first or I would pee myself! Now, I’m able to let them go first! As far as intercourse… after the first FemiLift treatment, I noticed right away that I was able to “last longer” and I didn’t need to stop my husband to get the lube out! What does your husband say? Has he noticed a difference? I actually wasn’t expecting this… but he said last week that he thinks I’m tighter. He never complained before, but it was nice to know that he is enjoying the benefits too. Has it improved your sex life? How? OMG… 100% yes!!! After the second treatment, sex feels incredible!! It is a gift to be able to really enjoy and want sex at 40 (Something)… You have no inhibitions so you’re able to reach climaxes that you never knew existed (and in record time). Has it made you more confident in bed? Yes. See above statement ? I’ve never really had confidence issues in bed, but I can say that after FemiLift, I am so much more excited to have sex! Has it made it easier to achieve orgasm through penetration? Yes. I am like totally blown away how much more sensation I have. It’s like FemiLift treatment has re-awakened my vagina. It’s pretty amazing!

Would you recommend it to your friends? Sisters?


Deborah Cruz 

is a Latina Blogger, Mom, Wife, writer and considered a Social Media Influencer, originally from Chicago. She is married and has 2 girls. “Life’s too short to sugarcoat the truth or be unhappy…” Her blog name is thruthfulmommy