Kegels or Light Therapy? A Brief Intro to Photobiomodulation Therapy Devices
Are you experiencing the onset of menopause? Are you a new mother looking for a way to recover faster during the postpartum window? In either case, you need to focus on strengthening the pelvic floor.
Tried and tested methods of using exercises and specialized therapy tools can help recover these muscles' full function. Kegels and photobiomodulation therapy devices offer excellent options for vaginal rejuvenation therapy.
However, comparing the two options of light therapy sand Kegels, which one offers the best effect for vaginal rejuvenation? In this post, we'll examine the two and pick the best method for restoring your pelvic floor's health.
Why You Need Treatment
There could be several reasons why you need a vaginal rejuvenation. However, the most common is to recover from the effects of childbirth or menopause.
Natural childbirth causes swelling, stretching, and sometimes the tearing of the perineum. The perineum is the area between the anus and the vagina. When the baby passes through this region, it's common for the baby to split the skin. This damage results in the need for the surgeon to repair the area after birth.
Both C-section and natural childbirth experience stretching and damage to the muscles and ligaments in the pelvic floor. These muscles have some resilience and may return to their standard shape and size after birth.
However, the doctor cuts deep into these tissues during the C-section, and it takes time for women to recover. In some cases, you may still feel the lingering effects of the cut a year after the procedure.
Recovering the pelvic floor's health is vital to stop issues like incontinence that arise from a weakened pelvic floor. You'll need to start exercising the pelvic floor and vagina walls at the six-week mark of your postpartum recovery.
Most women get the go-ahead to start having sex again at the 10-week mark of their recovery. By this stage, you should be starting to feel a difference from your treatment.
Menopause describes a medical condition occurring in women in their late forties to early fifties. The body slows its production of hormones as it senses the end of your childbearing years. Estrogen, the primary female hormone, starts to decline, causing a process known as "Vaginal Atrophy."
VA describes a thinning of the vaginal walls and labia. As protein synthesis slows in your fifties, it accelerates the effect of VA. Collagen, a vital protein responsible for cell production, declines, and the thinning of the vaginal walls start to make penetration and sex feel painful.
Menopause can also leave women feeling emotionally terrible. Depression may kick in due to diminished estrogen and progesterone levels, leaving you feeling fatigued and uninspired. Frequent mood swings are common, and you'll find your levels of irritability and frustration increase.
Many women decide to go the route of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in their senior years. HRT medication administered by your doctor ramps up estrogen (and progesterone in women that still have a uterus). The elevation in hormone levels takes you back to how you feel in your prime in your 30s.
HRT may sound like a miracle drug to cure menopause, and in a way, it is. However, there are risks associated with HRT protocols. First, you need to understand that HRT is for the rest of your life. When you stop taking the medication, the sunshine ends, and you're back to low physical production. The medicine also removes your body's natural ability to produce hormones itself, making you reliant on the drug.
You'll also need a bloodwork check once or twice a year, depending on your age. The test helps doctors adjust the effects of your medication on your hormone panel. They change your dose based on your reaction to the drug.
HRT requires administration before you enter your mid-50s. Women who wait longer to start an HRT protocol risk an adverse response to the medication when starting late. HRT can cause heart disease, and requires constant monitoring by your healthcare professional, adding to your healthcare expenses.
What are Kegels?
Both menopause and childbirth have a similar effect on the body – the loss in control of the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor houses the bladder and the uterus, keeping the organs in position. When estrogen and collagen production decline in your senior years, the pelvic floor atrophies and the bladder may "slip" downwards towards the vagina.
This change in the positioning of the organs results in changes to the behavior of your bladder. As a result, you develop the symptoms of an "overactive" bladder, such as urinary incontinence.
Kegels help to train the pelvic floor. You squeeze the same muscles used to stop the flow of urine while imagining pulling those muscles towards your belly button. By repeating that movement ten times, twice a day, you can steadily build control of these muscles, relieving incontinence symptoms.
What Is Low Level Light Therapy Photobiomodulation?
This strategy involves the use of red light at wavelengths of between 610nm to 700nm. You insert a red light device, like the MyElleVibe, into the vagina using photonic lubrication to start your therapy. The device emits red light into the vaginal canal walls and towards the cervix, initiating the healing process.
Red light stimulates cell turnover, communication, and production, and it also boosts collagen production in tissues. A 12-minute treatment with a red light device every other day is more than adequate to fast-track vaginal rejuvenation for postpartum healing and management of menopause symptoms.
Light Therapy Vs. Kegels – Which Is Better?
So, what's the verdict? The answer is that neither is more effective than the other. The combination of red light therapy and Kegels is the most effective vaginal rejuvenation therapy available. By practicing your Kegels in the morning and the evening and adding three or four sessions with a red light device every week, you fast-track your healing and hormone recovery.
Stop the incontinence symptoms related to a weakened pelvic floor, low hormone levels, and diminished collagen production. With Kegels and red light devices, you have a strategy to strengthen your pelvic floor.