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Women: Our Changing Bodies

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Women: Our Changing Bodies

If you’re not the type of woman that regularly examines south of her body, you might not realize that, just like the rest of your body, your vagina is aging.

While it may be uncomfortable for some, aging is a fact of life that knowing the changes of these is normal and can offer comfort during those times of change. Don’t be fooled with how many candles are on your birthday cake, every woman (and vagina) is different. Timing for menstruation, sexual activity, pregnancy, and menopause differ for everyone but here are some general things you can expect.

In Your 20s:

  • Puberty is over (phew!)
  • Labia major (outer “lips”) that border your privates start slimming down as the subcutaneous fat decreases.

In Your 30s:

  • Labia minora (“inner lips” that encircle the clitoris and vaginal opening) start to darken.
  • Typically, pregnancy happens and your uterus balloons as big as a watermelon and shrinks down within weeks after birth due to the vagina’s elastic quality and women can even experience varicose veins due to the weight of their uterus during pregnancy
  • Hormonal imbalances during and after pregnancy can cause vaginal dryness and libido.

In Your 40s:

  • Urinary incontinence. This naturally happens as you age and can happen at any stage to women and men.Some causes include:
    • Aging bladder can affect the strength and ability to store urine.
    • Pregnancy: stress from the weight of the uterus can lead to stress incontinence.
    • Vaginal childbirth. Delivering vaginally can weaken muscles needed for bladder control
    • After menopause women produce less estrogen, a hormone that helps keep the lining of the bladder and urethra healthy. Deterioration of these tissues can aggravate incontinence.

In your 50s:

  • Decreasing estrogen leads to thinner, less elastic, drier vulvar and vaginal tissue, which can make intimate moments feel painful and cause irritation that can make you feel like you need to urinate.
  • Changing pH: changing levels of estrogen can make the vagina more acidic and more susceptible to infection.

In Your 60s:

  • Menopausal hot flashes and night sweats
  • 50-60% of women report vaginal dryness and intimate pain causing pelvic floor tightness that may be helped by physical therapy.
    • If looseness is your problem, some postmenopausal women are at risk for a serious change called prolapse, which is when the connective tissues holding the uterus, cervix, or even the bowels loosens, allowing those body parts to…droop. This can be unnoticeable or so severe that parts actually protrude out of the vagina. In some cases, women may need surgery to repair the damage

As you continue to age, it’s important to keep an eye on your unique path and what you can do to take care of your health. At La Belle Vie Medical Care & Aesthetics, we understand the changing nature of women’s health and offer procedures and education to help our valued clients.

Solutions

FemiLift is a laser sleeve that is inserted into the vagina and delivers laser energy into the surrounding tissue. It uses micro-ablative energy (fractional CO2 laser energy pulses) to achieve a deep thermal effect, which stimulates collagen renewal as well as the contraction of the elastic fibers. The result is rejuvenation and remodeling of the treated area.

Patients who choose vaginal tightening with FemiLift enjoy several important benefits:

  • Enhanced muscle tone, strength, and elasticity of vaginal tissues
  • Stronger sensation during intercourse
  • Better control over urinary incontinence
  • Fewer infections

O-Shot™ : Our staff of female Nurse Practitioners are at the forefront of the newest treatments to correct problems including incontinence and dryness, as well as those that enhance sexual satisfaction and improve orgasms. We have your total sexuality covered!  We are the experts in your vaginal health with the latest technologies that are safe, non-surgical, medication-free and pain-free solutions to vaginal changes from childbirth and the natural aging process. It’s like we have discovered the “Fountain of Youth for your vagina.”

Benefits of O-Shot™ Treatment

We are all unique and all different. As with any medical treatment, there will be varying levels of reaction. Some women who have received The O-Shot™ treatment by La Belle Vie Aesthetics report the following benefits:

  • Younger, smoother skin of the vulva (lips of the vagina).
  • A tighter introitus (vaginal opening)
  • Stronger and more frequent orgasm
  • Increased sexual desire
  • Increased ability to have a vaginal orgasm
  • Decreased pain for those with dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
  • Increased natural lubrication
  • Decreased urinary incontinence (both urge and stress problems)

Sources:

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/vaginal-changes-with-age                                   

http://www.ladycarehealth.com/how-to-deal-with-postpartum-vaginal-dryness/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/29/ways-vagina-changes-as-you-age_n_7162742.html

http://www.prevention.com/health/how-your-vagina-changes-in-your-30s-40s-50s-and-60s

https://www.allthingsvagina.com/the-truth-about-vaginal-tightness-and-looseness/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/29/ways-vagina-changes-as-you-age_n_7162742.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-incontinence/basics/causes/con-20037883

 

 

Let’s Talk FemiLift & The Oshot with The Total V

La Belle Vie created the Total V in caring for your feminine health. We were the first to bring the FemiLift procedure to Utah.   The FemiLift is a revolutionary, non-surgical, new treatment for vaginal rejuvenation. It addresses the three major issues associated with vaginal aging, health, and sexual intimacy: vaginal laxity, dryness, and incontinence.

FemiLift is a laser sleeve that is inserted into the vagina and delivers laser energy into the surrounding tissue. It uses micro-ablative energy (fractional CO2 laser energy pulses) to achieve a deep thermal effect, which stimulates collagen renewal as well as contraction of the elastic fibers. The result is rejuvenation and remodeling of the treated area and it doesn’t hurt!

The FemiLift procedure is not difficult to perform; however, caution should be taken in who you select as your provider to administer the treatment.

The femiLift works great on the right candidates, but done on the wrong candidates, goals may not be met and it can be a waste of money.  A thorough vaginal examination needs to be performed to look at the tissue and assess for any kind of uterine or vaginal prolapse. At La Belle Vie, Kelly Lance is a Family Nurse Practitioner and an old Labor and Delivery Nurse. She trained under a Urogynocologist to learn proper assessment and screening of patients. At La Belle Vie, we do require a vaginal examination prior to treatment. It really is in your best interest. Anyone can take your money and perform the procedure, but under the Utah Law, only a MD and a Nurse Practitioner can legally perform the procedure. As with many medical procedures, harm can come to you if the wrong person is doing the procedure. We have already seen burns from another clinic where a non-medical provider performed the procedure. So, before you go to a provider, make sure that a proper evaluation is done and they have the license to perform the procedure. Right now, not even a RN can do it!

At La Belle Vie, we are different and we take great pride in our treatments and our training. We feel we offer a caring and discreet environment where we really care about you and your healthcare goals.

We are excited to now offer The Total V, which includes the Oshot and the V-Plump to address all your concerns.

We invite you to Read more about the FemiLift  for more information and schedule your consultation!

Spring Awakenings – Vitamin D

Spring fills our sights and senses with color and fragrances.  The trees are in full bloom with white and pink blossoms.   As we enter the out of doors, our noses are filled with the fragrances of the lilac and other flowering trees.

Spring is the time to enjoy the out of doors, spruce up the yard, and get ready for summer.  After the long winter, the warmth of the sun feels good. The sun’s rays help to promote a happy and healthy well-being.

We all love the sun and the sun is good for us in small doses.  We get Vitamin D from the sun. Did you know that Vitamin D is responsible for the function of over 200 genes in our body that regulate growth and development?   If we don’t have enough Vitamin D in our body, it can result in obesity, diabetes, hypertension, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, osteoporosis and neuro-degenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease.  Adding to that list is the of research which shows that Vitamin D deficiency also plays a role in heart disease and many types of cancers, especially breast and colon cancers.  (1)

There are two forms of Vitamin D; Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 plays a role in our mood and can also help reduce pain.  We obtain 50% to 90% of Vitamin D through the sun and the rest comes from diet or supplements. Some of the food sources of Vitamin D are egg yolks, fatty fishes such as salmon, and fortified dairy products. (2)

We have all been told that the sun is bad for us and damages the skin. We put on our sunscreen and then go outside. Changing your good habits just a bit will also help to improve your overall health.  Vitamin D begins with the skin’s exposure to the sun. If you have fair skin, about 15-20 minutes in the sun will provide all the Vitamin D that you need. If your skin is darker, you may have to spend more time in the sun. You only have to expose 30%-40% of your skin to the sun. After the 20 minutes, lather on the sunscreen to protect your skin from the rays that will burn and damage your skin. (2)

So how much is too much?  You cannot get too much Vitamin D from the sun. Your body takes what it needs. Too much Vitamin D comes from supplements. A good way to measure if you need to supplement your Vitamin D, is to come into La Belle Vie Medical Care & Aesthetics and have your blood drawn. Based on your results, Kelly Lance, FNP, is able to help you with the need for supplements and the correct dosages. La Belle Vie can also help you with the best sunscreen protection for your face and neck!

So here’s to Spring with all its colors and smells. Here’s to the sunshine and here’s to a happy and healthy you!

  1. Retrieved from: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/
  2. Naeem. (2010) Vitamin D Deficiency- An ignored Epidemic. Int J Health Sci (Qassim). Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3068797/

February is all about Love

February is all about Love.
It is a great time to share a little love and kindness with the people we love. Family, is really the good stuff in life. We are all busy in our day to day routines. Taking the time to make February 14, a little more special than any other day is not only fun, it also reminds our loved ones how much we care about them.

Love yourself from the Inside and Out!

You need to remember to also care about You! We do a great job taking care of everyone but sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves.

The month of February is the American Heart Month. Taking care of your heart means starting with small steps to eat a healthy diet and to make goals to exercise more often. Have you had your cholesterol checked lately? Stop by the clinic this month and we will test you cholesterol for $25.00.

Did you know February was also National Potato Month? Potatoes are fat free, sodium free, and are rich in potassium. A medium potato only has about 111 calories and is rich in vitamins B, and C, and supplies fiber to your diet. So this month celebrate eating potatoes. You can bake them, boil them, and mix them. Find a fun recipe to make this month and enjoy your potato. Just go gentle on the butter!

Chocolate! Don’t we love chocolate! Chocolate is proven to contain polyphenols which are micronutrients that help in the prevention of cardiac disease by lowering the bad cholesterol, LDL, and raising the good cholesterol, HDL. (1) This month in February, take care of you by adding a little dark chocolate to your diet. La Belle Vie is also celebrating you by offering a decadent chocolate facial providing your face with all the wonderful chocolate antioxidants.

Winter has been filled with snow. Is spring around the corner? Taking care of your skin in the winter is important. The air is dry and we need to wash using a gentle cleaner and a toner that helps condition and restores balance. A good moisturizer is essential to good skin care.

Taking care of you inside and outside is important and so are the clothes we wear. Some of the Fashion trends this year are floral jumpsuits, slip dresses, A-line skirts, and belled pants.
Most of all, Love yourself inside and out!

1. Baba S1, Natsume M, Yasuda A, Nakamura Y, Tamura T, Osakabe N, Kanegae M, Kondo K. 2007. Journal of Nutrition. Plasma LDL and HDL cholesterol and oxidized LDL concentrations are altered in normo- and hypercholesterolemic humans after intake of different levels of cocoa powder.

La Belle Vie Grand Opening

Grand Opening
Join us for the official Grand Opening month for La Belle Vie Medical Care and Aesthetics.  We’ve planned exciting parties and educational events that showcase what we are about — offering the finest health and medical aesthetics care to help you live a beautiful life inside and out.

Visit our Education | Events page, select event on calendar for full details and registration.

Date | TimeEventDescriptionRegistration Required
Saturday, November 7, 2015
10am
$25.00
Weight Loss
The In's & Out's
Get ready to shed some pounds for that Holiday Dress. Yes
Saturday, December 12, 2015
10am
$25.00
Holiday Make-UpLearn how to make your make-up sparkle with some of our best consultants. Yes