Rowena Walsh finds that patients locate Thermiva, a noninvasive ‘intimate rejuvenation’, for a life-changing experience.
FORTY minutes was all it took to alter Annette’s life. The mother of four had just one session of a radical vaginal rejuvenation and vaginal laxity treatment process named Thermiva, and she and her husband were quite satisfied with the outcomes.
Eight weeks after her youngest child was born, 48-year-old Annette was diagnosed with breast cancer and accompanied by alternating therapy. “I had a mastectomy together with radiation treatment and chemotherapy. I am fine today, but it was hard particularly because my son was young at that moment.”
Annette, a keen runner, is quite fit and, following her cancer treatment, she started a new fitness center regime comprising weight-bearing exercises, but something did not feel right down beneath. She started to feel increasingly conscious of having the loo and using the strange leak. “I would need to use the loo three days before leaving the home.”
Annette had had a breast augmentation, so she did not wish to have surgery. Instead, past summer that she chose for Thermiva, that was described as a noninvasive ‘amorous rejuvenation’. Prof Sam Coulter-Smith is evangelical about the curative effects of Thermiva, which divides the vaginal region and reverses some of those changes which have happened, for example, dry vagina therapy and g spot augmentation, because of childbirth or aging, or perhaps both.
Coulter-Smith, a former master of Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital, along with his colleague Dr. Geraldine Connolly, an obstetrician and gynecologist, provide the process from the private clinic at the hospital. The atmosphere is reassuringly operational, instead of luxury, as patients and staff audience the corridor.
“The patients that we’ve treated over the last year or so have been very happy with the results of the procedure,” says Prof Coulter-Smith.
Dr. Connolly is also quite eager to assist younger girls who’ve experienced breast cancer and also are suffering from a premature menopause due to their treatment.
“We started off with no patients,” says Prof Coulter-Smith. He continued by speaking about the healthcare equipment they purchased and later offered the support to a people who we felt could gain from it. It was a learning curve in their own perspective. They needed to know about it, find out exactly what it might do, what it could not do.
Some may realize they require a fourth therapy or, such as Annette, a top-up a few months after the first therapy. Prof Coulter-Smith is enthused about the study up to now.
“There’s not that much out there in terms of science to say what happens after that, but, certainly, the initial results are very positive.”
Thermiva is acceptable for people who have mild to moderate symptoms, and Prof Coulter-Smith is quick to point out it isn’t a panacea. “The treatment will improve things and will kickstart the process but we would always encourage people not to rely on it alone and do their pelvic-floor exercises.”
There are two kinds of incontinence: Anxiety, which relates to pelvic-floor fatigue and is a direct outcome of the trauma of childbirth, and impulse, which entails an overactive bladder. Both require different therapies, however, Prof Coulter-Smith states their experience thus far is that Thermiva works nicely for all those who have urge incontinence and assists people who have minimal amounts of stress incontinence. Prof Coulter-Smith and also Dr. Connolly are considering treating people who have clinical issues, instead of cosmetic ones.”I don’t know how this service may develop we’re just at the start of it, but we’re concentrating on the medical aspect of it,” states Dr. Connolly. “If people want to access it for other reasons in the future, they may do, but that’s life, isn’t it?”
Prof Coulter-Smith and Dr. Connolly have medicated 12 girls so far and have not seen any downsides to the process up to now. Annette agrees. She did not encounter any side-effects.
“The worst thing is that I had to get all my pubic hair removed beforehand. I had to have a Hollywood wax, and that was the first time I had done that so I did feel embarrassed. However, once you have your consultation and you get it done, it’s fine.”
There’s a sudden absence of distress surrounding the true procedure.
“It’s a wand going around and around and there’s heat involved,” says Annette. “If you’re very sexual, you might have pleasurable feelings from it, but I don’t think that would happen. It was just a warm sensation, not painful at all. Having a smear test is 100 times more uncomfortable.”
Later, Annette states she could only walk from the practice and life continued as normal. “There was no funny sensation, it was just like getting waxed or having a check-up. Thermiva was the right thing for me.”