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BTL Aesthetics contacted me six months ago and asked me to be part of their most recent campaign. They explained that it was a campaign which centred around the launch of the BTL Ultra Femme, a huge breakthrough in the industry and the only radiofrequency device on the market for internal vaginal tightening which gives you a 360-degree treatment with every procedure.

Having used the BTL Ultra Femme 360 in my clinic and having achieved very pleasing results and feedback, I agreed. I am extremely passionate about women’s issues and women’s health and I think that issues like incontinence and sexual dysfunction aren’t talked about enough. I am also extremely passionate about being an ambassador for this treatment because of the real impact that this can have on people’s everyday lives.Recently, a patient of mine tearfully told me that her partner had stated that she had larger lips compared to “others he’d seen online,”; not an isolated incident. Another patient I saw had such low self-esteem after having four children that she was unable to wear ‘normal’ underwear around her husband, instead opting for tracksuit bottoms in the bedroom.  Due to the ‘ideal’ being so prevalent within the media, women often have misconceptions of what their appearance should be.

Firstly, let me point out that no two snowflakes are exactly alike. And neither are vulvas. There is no one right way for a vulva (female genitalia) to look, which also means that there’s no such thing as a perfect one.

The labia, or lips—which vary from person to person—seem to be under the greatest scrutiny by my patients. The fact is that the two lips of the vulva are not identical on the same person. Just as our two eyes are not the same size, our ears, breasts, and lips of our labia are neither identical nor symmetrical.

However, if someone has a genuine problem whether that is down to how they feel about the appearance of their labia or the tightness and laxity, then the BTL Ultra Femme 360 can provide a real solution to this.

Importantly, there are so many issues that women need to discuss about their intimate health that has nothing to do with smears, periods and menopause. Aside from the sensitive issues of painful sex, inability to have an orgasm, incontinence, early prolapse, laxity, vaginal dryness with sex, and vagina insecurity, there are other difficulties which occur as a direct result of this – like lack of confidence, depression and anxiety.”

Intimate health is something that affects every single woman. It can refer to any gynaecological or sexual concern occurring from body changes throughout our lives; from menopause to childbirth or general ageing.

Many women don’t talk about their intimate health and find it embarrassing to seek help when things aren’t going as planned. Intimate health doesn’t have to be a taboo subject. Women should feel comfortable enough to talk about the issues they experience with their intimate health.

I am however ambitious for a future where no woman delays seeking medical advice and treatment due to the intimate nature of her symptoms. A future where women of all ages can openly discuss their intimate health.

I am therefore so proud to play a key part in the launch of this website where we have a number of key objectives – to reduce the embarrassment, make talking about intimate health the norm, educate you on everything related to intimate health and enable you to improve your intimate health for good.

Dr Shirin Lakhani

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