What is it?

The CO2RE INTIMA laser is a carbon dioxide laser specifically designed to treat and rejuvenate the internal vaginal canal and the external vaginal skin.  In the internal canal, it works by making tiny injuries in the mucosal layer (much like FRAXEL laser) which heal within a few days with the formation of a thicker, healthier mucosal layer.  Externally, the laser helps to remove hyperpigmented (darker) skin.

What conditions can be treated?

Increasing age, decreasing hormone levels, and previous childbith affect a women’s vaginal canal significantly.  In young women, this lining is thick, moist and healthy and able to produce secretions which lubricate the canal and maintain the correct pH.  With age, thinning of the vaginal epithelial lining leads to vaginal dryness, discomfort during intercourse, recurrent infections such as Candida (thrush), and laxity, resulting in decreased sensation during intercourse and urinary stress incontinence.

Many women are embarrassed to talk about these changes, but in reality, almost every woman experiences them to some degree.  Up to 86% of women develop stress incontinence (involuntary leakage of urine with increased abdominal pressure such as during coughing, sneezing, laughing, or running) eventually.

The CO2RE INTIMA laser is a non-invasive procedure which helps to treat many of these symptoms without the need for hormone replacement therapy or an operation.

Who is a good candidate for treatment?

Any woman who is suffering from any of the above conditions is a good candidate for treatment.  Most patients with mild to moderate stress incontinence will improve with treatment.  It is not indicated for severe stress incontinence .  Many women also report increased satisfaction during intercourse after having a laser treatment.  Before treatment, a normal PAP smear result is needed, and certain conditions and illnesses need to be excluded before any treatment is carried out.  An examination of the area will be done prior to your first treatment to ensure that there are no contra-indications to having the procedure. 

What does a treatment entail?

You will be covered with clean drapes and the area cleaned with a mild antiseptic solution.  A probe is then inserted until it touches your cervix.  A few laser shots are given and the probe is then turned systematically in a circle to enable the entire circumference of the vaginal canal to be treated.  The probe is then withdrawn by a centimeter at a time and the process repeated until the length of the vaginal canal has been treated.  The entire process takes less than half an hour and is almost completely painless.

If you are also having the external skin treated for hyperpigmentation, you will need to have shaved the area the day before treatment.  A laser is passed over the external skin, vaporising the outer skin layer.  This process may be slightly uncomfortable but only takes a few minutes.

Is there pain and downtime?

Treatment of the internal vaginal canal is almost completely painless.  We advise you to refrain from intercourse for a few days and you may experience a pinkish discharge.  Treatment of the external skin may cause mild discomfort and special aftercare instructions, including topical creams will be recommended to aid in the healing and lightening process.   Studies have shown the CO2 RE INTIMA treatment to be completely safe.

When can I expect to see results?

A course of three treatments is recommended for best results, but many patients will feel an improvement in symptoms within a few weeks of their first treatment.   A maintenance treatment once a year is recommended.

What about confidentiality?

You can rest assured that any consultation or treatments that you have are completely confidential and carried out in a strictly professional manner.  We understand that any concerns that you may have may be embarassing to talk about, and are committed to providing you with a safe and comfortable environment where you are able to discuss these.

Treats urinary stress incontinence

Treats vaginal dryness

Decreases incidence of recurrent infections

Improves sensation

Improvement in sexual satisfaction

Improves vaginal laxity

Lightens surrounding skin


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3a 5th Road,

Hyde Park

Tel:  011 788 7910