Don't Endure Painful Intercourse: Learn How Surgery-Free Votiva Can Help

Don't Endure Painful Intercourse: Learn How Surgery-Free Votiva Can Help

Sex is a very personal experience, and when you start to have problems experiencing it, the effects can be harmful to your relationships and your sexual identity. Dyspareunia, or painful intercourse, is a common health problem in women, affecting up to 18% of women worldwide. 

There are a variety of reasons you may experience pain during sex (including physical and emotional problems), and the pain can happen with any type of penetration or after sex. 

Whatever the cause, there is help available to relieve symptoms and get your personal life back. One way to relieve the symptoms of painful intercourse is a nonsurgical, energy-based treatment like Votiva®

If you live in the Glendale, Arizona, area and you’re experiencing pain during sex, Dr. David Chisolm and our team at Park Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology can help. We offer years of experience treating a variety of OB/GYN needs with compassion and care.  

Let’s look at the causes of painful intercourse, what Votiva can do to help, and how the treatment works.

What causes painful intercourse?

There are many physical and emotional factors that contribute to pain during sex.

Physical causes

Vaginal dryness is a common source of pain and irritation during sex. Other physical causes of pain can be related to medications that affect sexual arousal and hormonal changes (antidepressants, hypertension medications, and birth control pills) as well as a result of hormonal changes due to menopause. 

Physical pain can also be caused by genital injury, trauma or irritation, inflammation, infection or conditions like vaginismus, where your vaginal walls go through involuntary muscle spasms.

Other causes include:

Emotional causes

Anxiety, depression, and other psychological conditions that can create problems with intimacy and arousal can result in pain and discomfort during sex. A history of sexual trauma or abuse can also contribute to pain and discomfort.

What can Votiva do to help?

Votiva is a type of radiofrequency treatment designed to treat internal and external vaginal issues. It works by stimulating blood flow and the production of proteins like collagen and elastin to rejuvenate vaginal tissue. 

These proteins are very important in the body, as they are responsible for elasticity and flexibility in your skin, joints, and tissue throughout your body. Votiva activates production of these proteins by heating the damaged vaginal tissue, which stimulates production and uses it to create new, firmer tissue to relieve your pain. 

We can also use it to treat vaginal laxity and urinary incontinence.

How does the treatment work?

This outpatient procedure is fairly simple, whether we use it internally or externally. We apply the Votiva device over the exterior of the vagina to treat the labia and the clitoris or insert it to treat the anterior vaginal wall and the perineal area. 

The treatment takes about 5 minutes externally and 10 minutes internally, and often requires no anesthetic. During the procedure you will feel warmth and possibly irritation, which can be treated with a topical anesthetic. 

Once your treatment is done, you can simply go about the rest of your day, but wait one to three days afterward to have sex. Several sessions may be necessary, depending on what is causing the pain.

If you’re ready to see what Votiva can do, make an appointment with Dr. Chisholm at Park Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology today.

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