What Really Happens to Your Body and Vagina as You Age? (And How vSculpt Can Help)
Despite the fact that there are over 49.2 million people over the age of 65 living in the US, aging is still one of the most complex topics in our society. Especially for women.
From both a scientific and social point of view, aging is complicated. For women, changes in hormones and menopause-related health issues can have a big impact on your sexual health and cause even more confusion about what is and isn’t normal as we age.
We think it's time for some clarity. Let's start with an honest discussion of what aging really is and how it impacts our physical and sexual health.
The science of aging
At its core, the process of aging means that the cells in our bodies become larger and less able to divide and multiply. As the cells grow, there's an increase in the pigments and lipids inside them.
Those lipids, along with a pigment called lipofuscin, collect and cause our connective tissue to become stiff. These changes in our cell membranes also cause the rest of our body — from our organs, blood vessels, and airways — to become more vulnerable over time. And each area of our body ages in different ways.
For example, when a woman's ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, menopause sets in. But the hormonal changes and symptoms of menopause can start years earlier in a phase called perimenopause. While hormonal changes aren’t as obvious as the changes in your hair follicles which cause them to turn grey, or the changes to your lipids which cause wrinkles to appear, these changes are very real and can have a big impact on your intimate health.
So, yes. Our bodies will experience some uncomfortable changes as we grow older. But we're not going to bemoan a process that is as natural as time itself. We're here to understand and celebrate it.
The truth about aging in women vs. men
At the molecular level, the process of aging is the same for everyone. But at the societal level, the experience of aging is a completely different story.
In the words of writer and poet, Skylar Liberty Rose, “Vintage wine is savored. Vintage cars exclaimed over. Vintage clothes coveted. Yet the vintage woman remains uncelebrated.” We hope you agree it’s time to debunk the double-standard on aging in men versus women.
In actual fact, women are more likely to live longer than men. And in many cases, we're better prepared to deal with the life changes that get thrown our way as the years pass. According to Yale professor of psychology Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, “Old age is not just about surviving, it's about flourishing. There is increasing evidence that most women feel a greater sense of fulfillment, self-actualization, reaching their peak — whatever you want to call it — as they grow older.”
Still, in many ways, women have what most of society would view as a disadvantage when it comes to the aging process, at least physically. Our skin is more susceptible to wrinkles, it’s easier for us to gain weight, and women over 50 are twice more likely to break a bone than their male counterparts. (And that’s before we even get to the hormone-related health issues.)
But if we’re ever going to change the way we, and all of society, feel about the way women age, we have to step up and find a way to embrace all the strange and wonderful ways in which our bodies change.
How to thrive (no matter how "old" you are)
The secret to feeling great as you grow older, isn't really a secret at all.
Whether you're 16 or 60, you need to take care of yourself. It really is that simple. If you want to stick around and be fully present for those you love, you've got to put yourself on the top of the list. In the words of health coach and author of The Magic of Menopause, Lorraine Miano, "Give your loved ones the best of you, not what’s left of you!"
Here are a few self-care tips to help make aging awesome:
- Stay active - an extra walk around the block each day can work wonders for the cardiovascular system
- Diet matters - aim for foods that won’t drain your energy or exacerbate weight gain as lean muscle mass decreases
- Train your brain - read, crossword, bananagram — get those neurons in gear!
- Embrace menopause - it's actually pretty awesome!
- Have sex - great sex reduces stress, activates the brain, and makes you feel invincible
Your heart, lungs, and brain all age. And just like every other organ in our body, our vagina grows older, too. And while vaginal laxity and dryness are a completely natural part of the aging process, they can make us dread sex. Luckily, there are some things we can do to start feeling way more confident about this incredibly important part of our body, health, and life (no matter how long it's been).
What is red light therapy and how can it help?
Red light therapy is also known as low-level light therapy (LLLT). It uses low-energy LED lights to improve adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production in the body. That's important because ATP is the source of energy for every cell in the body. Without it, we don’t function at all.
Red light therapy is based on the same technology invented by NASA in the 1960s and is used in many aesthetic products today. With this type of therapy, wavelengths of red light regenerate the cells, helping to activate collagen and speed up the healing of the cell. Red light therapy is widely used in health, fitness, and beauty clinics to smooth and strengthen skin tone, alleviate joint pain, and repair sun damage.
Now, women can experience the benefits of red light therapy for vaginal and pelvic floor wellness with the revolutionary home-use, medical device, vSculpt. If you suffer from vaginal looseness, incontinence, dryness, or pain during sex, don't put your intimate health on the backburner. Invest in yourself, celebrate aging, reconnect with your partner, and enjoy what can be the most liberating phase of your life.