Vaginal Laxity


Vaginal Laxity


Vaginal Laxity

Vaginal laxity is one of the most common intimate issues facing women today. Laxity refers to a loss of tightness and sensitivity of the vaginal area. Many women overlook this problem. It occurs in about 76% of all women. Most women feel embarrassed to bring it up to their provider or assume it is a normal part of aging. However, vaginal laxity can cause real quality-of-life and functional issues in a woman’s life, including:

  • Decreased sexual function
  • Lower levels of libido
  • Self-consciousness
  • Sounds of expulsion of air during exercise, movements or intercourse
  • Loss of lubrication
  • Inability or decreased ability to orgasm during intercourse
  • Generally lower sexual satisfaction
  • Risk of SUI (Stress Urinary Incontinence)

Life effects of vaginal laxity

Vaginal laxity is the leading reason women over 50 report decreased sexual satisfaction due to vaginal wall looseness and lack of friction. For women who have recently given birth, reports of a newly “loose vagina” lead the list of complaints outrunning those of weight gain and stretch marks. This common problem affecting so many women warrants as much attention as any other medical or health concern. Dr. Russo supports many leading innovations addressing vaginal laxity and encourages women of all ages to seek therapy to explore their options and improve overall vaginal health, appearance and function.

What causes vaginal laxity?

There are many causes of vaginal laxity that are as individual as the woman herself. Menopause is the most common cause in women over age 45, because of decreased levels of estrogen and collagen production to the vaginal tissue. Among other causes are multiple vaginal childbirths, poor vaginal repairs from deliveries, certain medical conditions, history of prolonged sexual activity, history of multiple partners, trauma and genetic factors.

Vaginal laxity: are surgery and hormones my only options?

The short answer to this question is a resounding no! With medical technology advances, there are other effective treatments offering women a return of youthfulness and self-confidence without surgery or traditional hormone therapies.

diVa® and diVaTyte™ by Sciton

The diVa® and diVaTyte™ laser vaginal therapy procedures are FDA-approved nonsurgical treatments for tightening and rejuvenation of the vaginal area and walls. The diVa® procedures use Hybrid Fractional Laser (HFL) technology to deliver two laser therapies at once for a truly customized treatment. The first laser deeply resurfaces the vaginal wall layers, providing new tissue. The second layer heats the layers where there is already collagen to stimulate healthy growth. diVa® treatments are quick, nonsurgical, in-office procedures that allow a more youthful and revitalized intimate area with no downtime. Most patients see optimal results in three treatments. diVa® and diVaTyte™ are virtually painless; topical anesthetic may be used if requested to minimize discomfort.


For so many women, one of the most disruptive parts of vaginal laxity is sexual dysfunction in the form of inability to achieve orgasm. Recent statistics reflect that as many as 4 out of 10 women have difficulty with sexual arousal but only 14% of those discuss it with their provider.

Don’t suffer in silence. An effective and proven FDA-approved procedure called the O-shot® is helping women nationwide overcome these types of issues. The O-shot® procedure is a fast and easy in-office procedure.

BioTE® Pellet Therapy 

One of the main causes of vaginal laxity is a natural drop in estrogen that takes place as we age. To this end, HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) is frequently prescribed. However, many women are seeking options that work with the natural chemistry of their bodies, both for personal reasons and to avoid common side effects of synthetic hormone replacement therapy such as weight gain and mood swings. BioTE® Pellet Therapy provides hormones that are lacking in a woman’s body in the form of subcutaneous pellet bioidentical replacements. Each pellet regimen is individualized to the woman’s unique physiology. Pellets are inserted in a few minutes in the office setting. This procedure is virtually painless and patients can regain their active lifestyles within 7-10 days after insertion. Each pellet regimen lasts three to six months. Dr. Russo’s goal with BioTE® Pellet Therapy is hormone optimization for every woman.