Many women of all ages have complaints relating to vulvar and vaginal health. THERMIva is a groundbreaking non-surgical non-hormonal procedure, intended to help alleviate menopausal symptoms and mild stress incontinence with no downtime.
What is THERMIva?
THERMIva is a non-surgical radiofrequency treatment applied with a probe in the office setting over about a half hour, generally painless or with minimal pain. The sensation the patient usually experiences is a sense of heat in the area being treated.
The radiofrequency has been found to improve collagen under the surface and ultimately often improves blood supply as well. Collagen is the material that provides support but also elasticity. Plastic surgeons’ offices used this radiofrequency for years to improve sagging skin of the face and neck. Over the last two years, Thermiva was adapted for use in the vulva and vagina.
Patients often notice improvement with the first treatment. Patients who have not been able to comfortably have intercourse have been able to have enjoyable sex as early as hours after the first treatment. Patients who have had to use creams for Lichen Sclerosis may find they no longer have to use those creams. Patients taking medicines for overactive bladder may be able to cut down or cut out their medications. THERMIva also eases the side-effect of vaginal dryness due to cancer treatments.
Who Should Get THERMIva?
You may consider THERMIva if you or your OB/GYN notice the following:
- Vaginal dryness and/or atrophy
- Thinning of the vaginal tissue making intercourse uncomfortable.
- A local area at the entrance of the vagina that is quite painful at the start of intercourse.
- Sagging of the vulvar tissues that causes binding and discomfort from tights and other clothing.
- Minor urinary urgency or leaking.
- A degenerative condition called Lichen Sclerosis that affects local areas of the vulva.
- No longer having pleasurable sensations in the vulva with sexual stimulation.
Now there is a treatment available at VPFW that may make a difference in any or all of these conditions as well as minor amounts of sagging support of the bladder and vaginal walls (cystocele and rectocele).
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
Generally, to get optimal results, the patient has a series of 3 treatments at monthly intervals. Benefits tend to be long-lasting but not necessarily permanent. Most patients find they need to come in for a touch-up treatment at about a year to 18 months.
Results, of course, vary with the individual and no guarantee can be given of success. But surveys of those treated find that at least 94% of patients report improvement with the therapy.
We recommend three treatments for optimum results.
How Much Does THERMIva Cost?
You may choose from two forms of payment; $2,000 up front for three treatments, or $750 per treatment. In 12-18 months, you will need a touch-up for $700.
Please note, THERMIva is not covered by insurance and pricing is subject to change. For your convenience, we offer United Medical Credit and Care Credit to help patients secure the funding they need for their healthcare procedures.
For additional information, call our THERMIva counselor, Gabby Rivera, at 804-897-2100 ext. 1188, or visit thermi.com.