Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is not known to hold back, so it doesn't come as a surprise that she was refreshingly candid about her lady business on a recent episode of her Red Table Real Talk.
The star revealed that she had undergone three vaginal rejuvenation treatments and now, "When I tell you my yoni is like a 16-year-old, I’m not kidding," she said. "I’m talking about the outside. It looks like a little beautiful peach."
Pinkett Smith also shared she had undergone the non-surgical procedure, which uses a heated wand that moves in and out of the vagina to stimulate cellular turnover, for her bladder issues.
If you're curious about rejuvenating your vagina, here's what you need to know.
Who Is It For?
According to Dr. Patricia A. Wallace, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. and Board Certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, there are many reasons why women from their 20s to 50s would consider vaginal rejuvenation treatments.
"In our twenties, when we are likely doing higher impact exercises, the collagen, elastic, and muscle production is starting to slow and cannot respond to the damage from our activities and nutrition as quickly," she tells Organic Authority. "Alcohol, poor sleep, poor hydration, and tobacco use accelerate the damage further."
Women in their 30s who have had vaginal childbirths might find the procedure helpful for their weakened pelvic floor, tone, sensation, as well as any pain, urinary incontinence, or sexual dissatisfaction.
Women in their 40s may start to have hormonal changes that further impact pelvic wellness while women in menopause or after 50 might experience "the change in our skin including our internal and external feminine tissues becomes much more apparent, both visually and functionally. Sexual wellness is impacted by dryness, laxity, and reduced sensation. Functional wellness can be impacted by urinary issues such as frequency or leakage."
Is the Procedure Necessary?
Given that the term "vaginal rejuvenation" has been tossed around from health magazines to "The Real Housewives," is the procedure one of necessity or one merely for aesthetic reasons?
If you're suffering from bladder issues like Pinkett Smith, vaginal rejuvenation might change your life.
"Overactive Bladder (OAB) is not a disease but rather the name for a group of bladder symptoms including urgency, frequency, and urge incontinence," Dr. Jeffrey Dell, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, F.P.M.R.S, F.A.C.S, tells Organic Authority.
"It is a very common condition and it is estimated that more than 1 in 3 U.S. adults are living with symptoms of OAB. Urgency is the strong or sudden need to urinate that is difficult to control. One of the most exciting new therapies showing great promise for the treatment of bladder symptoms including OAB is Radio Frequency," which is what's used for vaginal rejuvenation treatments like ThermiVa.
Dr. Wallace also adds, "A common myth about vaginal health and sexual wellness is that older women or women who have had babies are the only women who suffer from changes in their feminine area. The truth is, by our mid-20’s, our collagen production all over our body declines by almost 2% per year. This impacts our sexual and pelvic wellness in many ways. Being aware of the options for feminine wellness early can alter the course of a woman’s pelvic health."
However, as Dr. Lauren Streicher told Health, "The term 'vaginal rejuvenation' itself is problematic because most vaginas don’t need to be rejuvenated. They’re fine the way they are."
Is It Safe?
There hasn't been significant research on the procedure, however, Dr. Dell says, "This treatment has been safely used for many years by dermatologists and plastic surgeons on the face and body and over the past few years."
He adds, "Multiple clinical studies are ongoing including at our center and the initial experience is very promising. This treatment is done in the office setting, requires no anesthesia, involves no pain."
Though there isn't a lot of research supporting vaginal rejuvenation's efficacy, the treatment does seem to work for a number of women, including Pinkett Smith.
The jury might be out on it, but the actress remains one of its biggest fans if only because she believes in the power of vaginas.
"That’s our life force; it’s centered there."
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