DiVa Laser Treatment for Vaginal Dryness
August 30, 2021
University Hospitals OB/GYN specialists offer diVa® laser, a quick in-office vaginal laser therapy with minimal down time that uses laser technology to improve women’s gynecological and genitourinary/urology health
UH OBGYN Clinical Update | August 2021
UH women’s health experts offer a variety of treatment options for women with pelvic floor disorders and conditions.
These therapies include diVa® laser treatment for vaginal dryness: This laser treatment is a fast, in-office procedure that resurfaces the vaginal wall to help improve a woman’s gynecologic and genitourinary health.
Vaginal Laser treatment has shown promise in many studies of improved symptoms of Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause. A narrow cylinder is placed into the vagina, and the laser makes shallow microscopic nicks in the vaginal skin that promotes healing and tissue regeneration. The treatment is quick, painless and well-tolerated.
"The laser leaves a tiny micro-injury to the skin. The body heals and makes tissue younger, thicker, and more moist," says Sangeeta Mahajan, MD, University Hospitals Chief of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstruction Surgery. She says the treatment is useful for menopausal patients and patients reluctant or unable to use vaginal hormonal creams."
diVa® laser is a quick in-office vaginal laser therapy with minimal down time. This laser technology allows providers to customize the treatment based on patient’s symptoms. It utilizes hybrid fractional laser (HFL) technology, delivering two laser wavelengths for a synergistic effect. DiVa is an innovative option to improve the quality of tissue. The therapy resurfaces the vaginal wall, replacing the damaged tissue with healthy, new tissue to improve vaginal health and reduce symptoms such as vaginal dryness associated with menopause.
Through a diVa treatment, patients may notice:
- A tightening in the vaginal canal
- Reduced symptoms of vaginal dryness, improved vaginal lubrication
- An improvement in urine leakage with exercise, coughing or sneezing
- Uncomfortable vaginal canal scars from childbirth are sometimes improved
What to expect with vaginal laser therapy
The diVa® vaginal laser treatment procedure takes about 5 minutes and is customizable based on patient’s desired results. Prior to the treatment, the vaginal canal is adequately numbed with a special topical anesthetic cream. During the procedure, a specially designed diVa handpiece is carefully positioned within the vaginal canal and slowly rotated throughout the treatment area administering laser energy with high precision, allowing for safer, more efficient, comfortable outcomes. During the procedure, patients will experience a slight pressure sensation.
Following the procedure with the diVa laser, patients can return to their daily routine. Potential side effects include minimal discharge and/or spotting and discomfort for 1-2 days. Depending on the level of treatment, provider may recommend a personalized post-treatment regimen, which may include avoiding sexual intercourse or tampon use for a longer period of time.
Candidates for diVa
Women who are experiencing vaginal dryness and have concerns of their vaginal health.
Just like every other part of the body, the vagina changes with age, but additional decline in vaginal health may be caused by two major events in a women’s life:
- Vaginal Childbirth – stretching of the vaginal canal and surrounding tissues
- Menopause and other events such as a hysterectomy, chemotherapy, and breast-feeding
Appointments for DiVa laser treatment can be made with an OB/GYN specialist at University Hospitals.
diVa laser treatments are available at:
UH Landerbrook Health Center
5850 Landerbrook Drive
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124