Thermiva FAQ

Thermiva FAQ

What is ThermiVa®?

ThermiVa® is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that utilizes radiofrequency (RF) technology to improve the function and aesthetics of the vaginal tissue and the vulva (external vaginal area)

How does ThermiVa® work?

ThermiVa® uses radio-frequency energy to stimulate various physiological changes within the vaginal tissues, and the external vaginal area, known as the vulva. Specifically, ThermiVa’s unique technology creates thermal zones within the tissues that stimulate the cells that make collagen (fibroblasts) and stimulates the formation of new blood vessels (neovascularization).  The effect is healthier vaginal lining with improved blood flow and a more robust, structural vaginal wall.  The increased blood flow also improves sensation and natural vaginal lubrication.

What are the benefits of having a ThermiVa® treatment series?

  • Increased tightness of the vagina.
  • Enhanced sexual pleasure due to vaginal tightness and enhanced sensitivity.
  • Improved appearance of the external vaginal tissues (vulva).
  • Increase vaginal lubrication leading to less discomfort due to vaginal dryness.
  • Decrease in urinary leakage when coughing, laughing, sneezing or straining during activities.

How does ThermiVa® increase vaginal tightness?

ThermiVa® stimulates collagen production and improves blood flow, leading to tightening of the vaginal walls and a fuller more youthful vaginal lining.  The effect is a decrease in vaginal diameter.

How does ThermiVa® enhance sexual pleasure?

By tightening the vaginal walls and improving the overall health of the vagina, ThermiVa® can improve sensation during intercourse.  In addition, the collagen stimulation that takes place with the ThermiVa® treatment, when focused in areas of the anterior vaginal wall, improves tissue thickness and can build up the tissues of the erogenous zone commonly known as the G-spot, increasing the frequency and intensity of orgasm.  The collagen stimulation also helps tighten the tissue and reduce the diameter of the vaginal canal, which can help create more stimulation for your partner.

How does ThermiVa® help with urinary leakage (stress urinary incontinence)?

This is one of the greatest functional benefits our patients have experienced with ThermiVa®.   Our patients with mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence report a significant decrease of urinary leakage when coughing, laughing, or straining during activity.  ThermiVa® can increase collagen in the urethrovesical junction, which can be weakened due to disruption of the pelvic floor, that happens during vaginal delivery.   The collagen strengthens this junction, providing improvement in bladder control.

How does ThermiVa® improve the appearance  of the external female areas?

Treatment of the outer structures (the vulva), such as the labia and around the clitoris, improves blood flow and increases volume, giving these areas a fuller, tighter and more youthful appearance.

Am I allowed to have sex after ThermiVa®?

Yes!  Unlike other similar laser-based treatments, ThermiVa® does not require any downtime in sexual activity.

How does ThermiVa® help with vaginal dryness and discomfort?

ThermiVa® increases the vascular blood supply to cells of the vaginal lining, stimulating natural vaginal lubrication.  Greater blood flow to these areas improves delivery of oxygen and nutrients to these cells, allowing them to function more effectively. As a result, patients report a significant improvement in discomfort during intercourse and physical activities.
Note: Vaginal dryness is a common issue for women with decreased estrogen levels and menopausal women.  Local estrogen therapy has been the mainstay for postmenopausal vaginal dryness for women who have not responded to oral estrogen therapy or who are not able to take oral therapy.

What should I expect on the day of treatment?

The ThermiVa® treatment typically lasts between 30-45 minutes. The duration of the procedure is dependent upon factors such as level of hydration and health of the vaginal tissues.
From one of our patients:
“The treatment is painless, quick and quite relaxing.  All I felt was a pleasing warmth on my labia and vagina.  The device was smooth and round and not unpleasant at all.  The staff at Renewal are hands down the best.  They are kind, courteous and extremely knowledgeable in their field which made me feel completely at ease and comfortable. “

How soon will I notice results from my ThermiVa® treatment?

Most patients have noted improvements in tightening (internal and external), incontinence, sensation and lubrication after one treatment.  It varies from person to person, although some patients have reported immediate improvement, you can expect the benefits to be noticeable about two weeks after the initial treatment.  For best ThermiVA® results we recommend three treatments, spaced four weeks apart, to assure the longevity of these effects.  Optimum results will be observed three months after the final treatment.  Maintenance treatments are recommended every nine to twelve months following the initial series of treatments.

How many ThermiVa® treatments are needed?

To maximize the ThermiVa® results, we recommend three initial treatments scheduled a month apart.  Some patients may need four initial treatments, depending on the severity of their symptoms.  The results usually last between nine and twelve months.  We recommend a single treatment every nine to twelve months after the initial series to maintain Termiva® results.

How much does ThermiVa® cost?

Single treatment:  $1,000
Series of three (recommended): $900 per treatment

How can I tell if I am a candidate for ThermiVa®?

This is one of the most important questions someone should ask when considering ThermiVa®.  It is absolutely essential to have a thorough evaluation by a provider who knows how to identify issues that cannot be addressed by ThermiVa®.  For example, ThermiVa® will not help in cases of severe vaginal prolapse.  Our providers are highly trained in the evaluation of these areas and will be able to recommend the most appropriate course of treatment.

*ThermiVa® Results May Vary


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