Sexual Health

SouthWest Urology is proud of its team of professional and experienced urological experts specially trained in female sexual health. We know this is important for a woman’s well-being whether you’re trying to prevent sexually transmitted infections or worried about low sex drive, painful intercourse or other problems related to women’s sexual health. Our urologists offer multiple treatment options, and we are dedicated to creating a treatment plan that meets your specific needs.

What affects my vaginal health?

The vagina is a closed muscular canal that extends from the outside of the female genital area (vulva) to the neck of the uterus (cervix). Various factors can affect the health of the vagina, including:

  • Sex – Unprotected sex can result in sexually transmitted infections. Forceful sex or an injury to the pelvic area can result in vaginal trauma.
  • Certain health conditions and treatments – Some conditions, such as endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease, might cause painful sex. Scarring from pelvic surgery and certain cancer treatments also can cause painful sex. Use of some antibiotics increases the risk of a vaginal yeast infection.
  • Birth control and feminine-hygiene products – Barrier contraceptives, such as condoms, diaphragms, and associated spermicide, can irritate the vagina. The use of sprays, deodorants or douches can cause or worsen irritation.
  • Pregnancy and childbirth – During pregnancy, vaginal discharge often increases. Vaginal tears are relatively common during childbirth. In some cases, an incision made in the tissue of the vaginal opening during childbirth (episiotomy) is needed. A vaginal delivery also can decrease muscle tone in the vagina.
  • Psychological issues – Anxiety and depression can contribute to a low level of arousal and resulting discomfort or pain during sex. Trauma — such as sexual abuse or a painful sexual experience — also can lead to pain associated with sex.
  • Hormone levels – Changes in hormone levels can affect the vagina. For example, estrogen production declines after menopause and during breastfeeding. Loss of estrogen can cause the vaginal lining to thin (vaginal atrophy), making sex painful.
Are there treatments available for improving vaginal and sexual health?

At SouthWest Urology, our team of urological experts offer several types of vaginal rejuvenation. As you get older, your vagina experiences a variety of changes. Some of these are a result of natural aging process; others occur following childbirth. Although these changes affect everyone differently, they commonly result in vaginal laxity, urinary incontinence, and a lack of lubrication. We understand this is a personal issue and we are dedicated to evaluating your goals and helping to improve your sex life.

SouthWest offers many procedures, including:

  • ThermiVa® – ThermiVa is a non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation procedure that uses radio-frequency technology to promote natural collagen production and tissue rejuvenation by application of gentle thermal energy for incontinence treatment. Women will see significant improvement in appearance of external female genitalia (even with one session), tighter vagina, improved lubrication, enhanced orgasms, better urinary control, better vaginal sensation, strengthen pelvic muscles.
  • Labiaplasty/Vaginoplasty
  • Vaginal Prolapse Repair
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Vaginal moisturizers and lubricants

Why Choose Us?

  • Twelve highly trained, collaborative urological specialists all taking new patients
  • Four locations across the northern Ohio region
  • Consultation appointments scheduled within 5-7 days of referral
  • One-stop office for a wide range of urological conditions for both males and females
  • In-office lab testing and imaging
  • In-office medication dispensary
  • Comprehensive cancer care including kidney, ureter, bladder, prostate, and testicular cancers
  • Clinical navigation for BPH, Overactive Bladder and Prostate Cancer
  • Clinical Trials
  • We accept most insurance plans including Medicare, Medicaid, and VA