(Foreword: This is the continuation of our response to the letter of Felicity 66 regarding her query on vaginal laser rejuvenation.)

DEAR Felicity 66,

I really have a problem with some marketing strategies that these businessmen are using and pitching in to sell their services.

Who wouldn’t be enticed with a “vaginal laser rejuvenation” toss in the print media which can magically tighten the vagina to improve sexual response and make the vagina look good? I couldn’t blame anyone for giving in to such kind of sales. As a matter of fact, you were encouraged to this procedure because of your husband who had been complaining of some sexual issues with your “vaginal looseness” in bed.

But, I have to remind you that there are no studies to support these claims. Marketing only claims them, but not science nor research. The truth is most vaginas are just fine and got no need of any tightening.

Let me cite to you a research done in 2015 on using laser for vaginal rejuvenation. It reported that there is a lack of a robust, qualitative body of data on the therapeutic advantages of these technologies for vaginal rejuvenation. However, the research field is very active with large multicenter studies currently being conducted to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and best practices (Digesu, 2015, Singh et al., 2015).

The truth is, if there is anything that can tighten the vagina, then that will be by RF-based devices and through surgery. RF-based devices have been backed up by research. My problem though with the studies on RF-based devices is that the participants are quite low.

Take a look at some of these studies. Millheiser et al. in 2010 conducted a pilot study on 24 women; Sekiguchi et al. in 2013 did a study on 30 premenopausal women; while, Alinsod in 2015, did the study on 23 subjects with mild to moderate vulvovaginal laxity, sexual dysfunction, and mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence were treated using the ThermiVa device for approximately 5 min per zone.

I hope they can do the research in the future with a much bigger population to really confirm and nail its use for vaginal rejuvenation.

Anyway, I do really hope that in the future, we will have some more research on the use of lasers for vagina. But until then, please be aware that vaginal lasers have not been proven to tighten or “rejuvenate” anyone’s vagina. Be cautious because these lasers may do more harm than good to your vagina. So, watch out!

Good luck!

Dr. Fritz

(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She has been in the broadcast media for more than a decade and has written a book based on her 15-year stint with her radio program, “Healthy is Sexy Secrets ni Dr. Fritz.” She is also a faculty in a College of Pharmacy. For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to dokfritz@yahoo.com. If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)