“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know which one you’ll get.”
That’s what it’s like being a woman; you never know what face you will get to see. Women are such a complex species. We are affected by so many more things then a man can ever be affected by. Every day women face the social turmoil of trying to do their best at being a mother, sister, daughter or a friend. But they also have to prove their worth in the workplace. If that’s not enough, the hormonal clock changes daily, giving us yet another challenge.
Let’s talk about this hormonal clock. At puberty, there are the raging hormones which are new and unexplained. Then in the 20s and 30s, it’s a rollercoaster ride again with pregnancies. Then you hit the 40s and it all just goes to the extremes. The extremes in mood that women face are because of the hormonal cycle. In a typical cycle, the estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels change making us well rested to moody and craving things. Sex drive is up and then it’s down. We are agitated and then not. All this is going on as we try to raise a family, go to work, and socialize with our friends. How can we manage it all? We do. We do because we are women.
Women are learning that there are things out there to make themselves happy. How is it fair if their partners get viagra to help with sex but their body is not ready both physically and emotionally. Sex to a women is not just an act. For most, it is far more complex. When the estrogen levels drop with age and the vagina becomes dry and less pliable and the testosterone levels drop and the desire is gone, then what can she do when her partner is still wanting. External forces help, such as setting the right mood and tone. But often, it isn’t enough.
This brings me to my main discussion: Why is it that the society deems it important for men to be able to function sexually without a glitch and can get the help easily whenever they want. Women need to understand that the only ones oppressing themselves are themselves. Sex is a carnal act that can and should be enjoyed by women. We just need a little help at different times of our lives. And nothing is wrong in getting that help.
In the last few years, there have been quite a few advancements in feminine health and rejuvenation. There are devices and tools now available for woman to help with symptoms of painful sex, dry vagina, vaginal and vulva laxity, and stress urinary incontinence to name a few. CO2 laser devices, such as the Co2RE Intima by Syneron Candela is one of those devices that can be a game changer for women. CO2 laser can help revitalize the vaginal canal allowing rejuvenation and thus eliminating the dryness and the painful sex experienced by women in the peri and post menopausal years. The energy from this device can also help rejuvenate the external genitalia which would give a more youthful appearance to those who desire. For those postpartum women who are overwhelmed with raising a child and at the same time trying to “feel normal” again, also have something to turn to. Many women after vaginal child birth complain of vaginal looseness and urinary incontinence. The Co2 laser can help stimulate collagen production in the vaginal walls, thus correcting the loss of urine in many cases. Sexual empowerment is restored if the woman feels “herself” again.
Since so much of who we are is based on the hormones, it’s important to understand that there are hormonal correction options at all ages. For the younger women dealing with PMS/PMDD, sometimes a combination of birth control and mood stabilizers can do the trick. For the peri and post menopausal women, there are bio-identical hormones.
When hormonal correction is achieved in conjunction with feminine health devices such as the CO2 laser, a more balanced and complete women will be born. Asking for help is the biggest and most empowering thing a woman can do for herself. This is what will lead to total empowerment of mind and body for a healthy life for herself and her family.
Dr. Falguni Patel is a board certified obstetrician gynecologist whose knowledge and training in cosmetic and gynecologic surgery has created a perfect haven for women’s medical and aesthetics needs.
Dr. Patel is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NY, one of the best in the country. Dr. Patel’s practice philosophy maintains that understanding the patient as a whole allows for the most comprehensive care. Dr. Patel is dedicated to personalized care utilizing the most conservative treatment options for her patients. Dr. Patel is highly skilled in both major and minor surgical procedures when it is the appropriate treatment option for the patient. She believes that to be healthy and well in both mind and body is to be happy and content with oneself. The result is an empowered woman.