Dr. Lisa Vuich Discusses Sexual Health

Lisa Vuich, MD Renew MediSpa

Better Sex Through Sound Waves

Dr. Lisa Voice, Renew Medi Spa

Does a relationship need great sex to flourish, or are those who enjoy the best sexual experiences just “lucky”?

Over the past 20 years, sexual health has no doubt become a hot topic. Two decades ago the word was taboo, now it’s hard to watch an hour of TV or surf the internet without happening upon a commercial, advertisement or article exploring options for improved sexual performance. Our drive for sex is intertwined with our psychological needs for esteem and connection. Studies from around the globe have shown that a satisfying sex life impacts many aspects of a woman’s life- from longevity and the incidence of heart disease to mental health and the strength of relationships. Truly satisfying sex is an important part of a woman’s overall physical and emotional well-being at any adult age, but many women aren’t feeling as much pleasure as they’d like. 

The Pleasure Gap

Many women experience difficulty with orgasm in particular. A study published in 2014 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that only 62.9% of women were able to experience an orgasm with a familiar partner, compared to 85.1% of men. Researchers have referred to this phenomenon as the “orgasm gap” or the “pleasure gap”. Some studies have found that 30% of women have trouble climaxing at all, and only 20% could orgasm from penetration alone without some other form of stimulation. And yet, women have 8000 nerve endings in the clitoris, twice the number of nerve endings as are present in the penis.

The full clitoral anatomy wasn’t really understood until the 1990’s, and it wasn’t until 2009 that the first 3D image of the clitoral anatomy was created. What we have long labelled the clitoris, the most external and visible portion, is really only what some have termed “the tip of the clitoral iceberg”. The full clitoris is a wishbone shaped structure which extends much further internally, coursing down the right and left side to surround the vulva. 

The drug Viagra ® was patented in 1996 and approved for use in erectile dysfunction by the FDA on 27 March 1998. Others followed, but it wasn’t until August 2015 that the drug Addyi ® (Flibanserin) was approved for the treatment of premenopausal women with Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder. Dubbed “the female Viagra”, it claimed to enhance sex drive in these women but a close look at the study results revealed that the drug added very little to a very robust “placebo effect”. Furthermore, women who consumed as little as the equivalent of two glasses of wine in close proximity to taking the drug were at risk for a significant drop in blood pressure and loss of consciousness, and it required daily dosing to achieve the desired effect. Needless to say, most women passed on taking the risk.

Men have also benefitted for years from the use of low intensity shock wave therapy (LI-SWT) for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. LI-SWT induces cellular microtrauma, which in turn stimulates the release of angiogenic factors which stimulate new blood vessel growth and heightened nerve sensitivity in the treated tissue. Commonly known as “Gainswave ®” and backed by over 30 clinical studies showing effectiveness in the treatment of ED or even as a form of performance enhancement, it has been a popular service at Renew MediSpa for several years.

Biohacking Your Orgasm

As mentioned above, difficulty achieving orgasm is a common frustration for many women. Fortunately, we now have the female equivalent of “Gainswave ®” for women.  

Cliovana ® is the first completely non-invasive treatment designed specifically to improve female orgasms and sexual satisfaction. Cliovana ® employs the same use of sound wave technology to stimulate regeneration of vascular and nerve cells in the clitoris and perineum, without any significant risk, side effects or downtime. This in turn improves sexual responsiveness. It is completely non-invasive and pain free. The typical treatment course is a total of four sessions over the course of two weeks, each lasting less than 15 minutes. 

Biological Effects: Microscopic Features of New Vessels

Above: Soundwaves create new blood vessels and increase nerve sensitivity, which in turn creates increased responsiveness.

Results can begin within the first couple of treatment sessions and continue to develop over the subsequent 3 months as cellular regeneration occurs gradually. A booster session of 1 or 2 treatments once a year would be expected, to maintain the benefit since we cannot stop the aging process. The typical cost is approximately $2000 for a complete treatment course.

Southern New Hampshire Medical Spa Leading the Pack

Renew MediSpa is the first site north of New York to offer this revolutionary treatment for the benefit of women’s health, and our initial results have been very positive. All of the women we have treated are reporting enhanced sensitivity, more intense orgasm and shortened time to achieve orgasm, and none have experienced any negative side effects.

While certainly not a panacea for sexual dysfunction, this is an exciting new to our “wellness toolbox” for women. It will not address vaginal atrophy, but we have other modalities to treat that including the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) and radiofrequency therapies (Viveve ® and ThermiVa ®) which have worked successfully for our clients for years. We are excited about the potential for further enhancement by combining PRP (commonly called the “O Shot ®”) in the same way that we combine PRP with our Gainswave ® sessions for men.

Renew MediSpa recently moved into a new location at 23 B Crystal Avenue in Derry, New Hampshire. This 10,000 square foot facility includes a separate suite for the Renew Medical Spa Training Institute, where we will be teaching physicians and nurses to perform this and many other regenerative and aesthetic procedures in the years to come. For more information or to schedule a consultation or enquire about how to become trained in sexual wellness procedures including Cliovana ®, call 603-894-0070. 

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