Vaginal rejuvenation, typically called vaginoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to tighten the muscles of the vagina. Woman usually opt to have vaginoplasty performed after having children, or as they age and the muscles in the vagina begin to lose their tone. Vaginal rejuvenation is considered a safe procedure, but there is a recovery period. If you are having vaginoplasty performed, use the following tips to help during your recovery:
Arrange for a Ride Home
Vaginal rejuvenation is done on an outpatient basis at a gynecological clinic or surgery center. But the procedure does require the use of general anesthesia. As the anesthesia wears off, you may feel groggy or nauseous. You are not able to properly operate an automobile with anesthesia in your system, so you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home after you are discharged.
Plan on Resting
It is important to plan on taking several days off to rest after vaginoplasty. Since it is a surgical procedure, your body will need ample rest in order to heal properly. Resuming normal activities to soon after vaginoplasty can slow down healing and possibly cause complications. Your doctor will advise you on how many days of complete rest you will need after the procedure.
After vaginal rejuvenation, you will most likely experience soreness, discomfort, and mild pain in the vaginal area. You doctor will most likely prescribe pain medication to use for the first few days after surgery. Make sure you take the pain medication according to directions in order to manage discomfort. Using an ice pack in the genital area can also help with soreness and swelling. Your doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic as a preventative measure to avoid infection-- make sure you take all of the antibiotics.
Keep Everything Out of the Vagina
During the recovery period from vaginal rejuvenation, it is extremely important to keep everything out of the vagina. Do not use tampons and avoid sexual intercourse until your doctor tells you otherwise. Using tampons or engaging in sexual intercourse can slow down the healing and potentially cause an infection. In most cases, tampons and sexual intercourse will need to be avoided for several weeks. After several weeks, you will need to see your doctor for an exam and he or she will tell you whether or not you can resume using tampons and having sex.
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