Urogynecologists located in Madison, MS & Flowood, MS
The physicians at Southeast Urogyn, located in Jackson, Mississippi, provide innovative treatments for women suffering from vaginal relaxation or vaginal support loss.
Vaginal Relaxation Q & A
What Is Vaginal Relaxation?
Vaginal relaxation is the term used to describe a stretching of the vaginal wall. It is also referred to as loose or lax vagina. Common symptoms include vaginal pressure that may worsen as the day goes on, feeling a bulge in the vagina, difficulty emptying the bladder or having a bowel movement, or loss of sensation during intercourse. Vaginal relaxation is also associated with vaginal wall prolapse and stress incontinence cause the relaxed walls cause support loss. Common risk factors include the overstretching of the vaginal walls during childbirth, chronic coughing with things like asthma or chronic straining with constipation, or the hormonal changes associated with menopause. When the bladder or rectum starts to bulge into the vagina, these herniations tend to dilate the vaginal tube resulting in the symptoms noted above.
Can a Vagina be Tightened?
The surgeons at Southeast Urogyn offer a variety of treatments to help restore a woman’s vagina and her comfort and confidence. The treatments range from non-surgical laser and heat treatments to stimulate collagen production in the vaginal walls to surgical reconstruction of the vagina. The doctors provide thorough consultations and exams to understand the extent of the changes to the vagina and how it is affecting the patient before making a recommendation for the best course of treatment to address her symptoms and concerns.
What Are Some of the Procedures Used to Treat Vaginal Support Loss?
Some of the surgical options use to treat vaginal support loss include:
Cystocele (bladder bulging into vagina) repair- provides support by reattaching the herniated tissue using sutures.
Rectocele repair (rectum bulging into vagina) - provides support by reattaching the herniated tissue using sutures.
Vaginal vault suspension (top of vagina bulging) – attaches the top of a prolapsed vagina to the strong tissues or ligaments in the pelvis.
Uterine prolapse (womb bulging) – sometimes a hysterectomy may need to be performed as part of the reconstructive procedures.
Most times these defects occur in more than one area of the vaginal support structures. When the doctors perform surgery, their goals include reestablishing support between the bladder and vagina and rectum and vagina and tightening the vagina to a more normal state. These procedures are almost always performed through the vagina and is done on an outpatient basis is performed in a number of varieties, depending on the support loss and the condition of the patient.
The physicians and nurse practitioners at Southeast Urogyn also offer non-surgical treatments for mild vaginal relaxation and support loss. Treatments with devices such as the Mona Lisa Touch or ThermiVa can help to restore the vagina. Support pessaries can also be inserted into the vagina to provide additional support to the vagina, uterus, and other pelvic organs.
A common question we get involves insurance paying for vaginal tightening surgery. The answer is usually yes as most women with complaints of looseness or laxity will have one or more of the defects noted above. Our doctors will work with you and help you find the most appropriate and affordable option for you so don’t be afraid to discuss these sensitive issues with us.
Southeast Urogyn provides expert care, and wants every patient to be able to afford the checkups they need. If you have any questions about the insurance we accept, please call or office to see how we can best help you.
Words from our patients
"Southeast Urogyn is the BEST facility in Mississippi to go for any of your needs regarding menopause and Urogynecology."
"I met with Dr. Harris for the first time in August of 2015, and was immediately impressed. Please don't hesitate to make an appointment. You'll be glad you did."
"I felt no embarrassment from the initial physician's exam, the urodynamics testing by the nurse or the surgery. I could not have asked for a better doctor and staff."
"Dr. Harris explained everything in detail. He was very patient and kind. I would definitely recommend him to all my friends."
"I received a recommendation from a trusted source, and she was right on. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Harris to all my female friends."
"Dr. Harris is extremely professional and friendly. He has given my life back to me and I will always recommend him to others."
"Top notch doctor and staff. I was tremendously satisfied with my bladder sling surgery and results. Dr. Harris is compassionate and treats you with dignity."
"I had trouble with incontinence. My internal medicine dr. referred me to Dr. Speights. I had surgery 6 weeks ago and the results are amazing."
"I highly recommend him. He is very personable, confident, and a caring physician. Besides being a great physician, he is a wonderful person."
"Dr. Speights repaired several issues that I had been troubled with for some time. I can now return to my normal daily activities without any problems."
"I felt very comfortable talking with Dr. Speights about the issues that I was having. He explained everything to me and was open for any questions that I might have."
"Dr. Speights was very helpful and kind. He explained my diagnosis and surgery to me and my husband in detail and answered all of our questions."