Dr. Lau has long recognized that even with all the expertise and skills as a cosmetic vaginal surgeon and urogynecologist, he cannot adequately address all the issues related to intimacy for his female patients. He took the time and effort to investigate and study the multi-dimensional aspects of intimacy in order to provide optimal advice to give his patients who are having issues with intimacy, tailored to each person individually.
Intimacy is of critical importance in nurturing human relationships. Intimacy is much more than sexual; it encompasses emotional and physical connectivity enabled by self-confidence, physical attractiveness, and the ability to give the best of oneself. It involves the whole being. While intimacy is so important to our well-being, and it is engaged in by most people in one form or other at times throughout their lives, intimacy remains an elusive and complex clinical entity to address. In such context, IntimMed aims to address the issues relating to intimacy in a comprehensive, integrative way to create a successful outcome.
While one might have achieved a certain degree of maturity and confidence with time, or one might already be in a secure intimate relationship, there are still several concerns commonly shared by women irrespective of age. These concerns, for example, are:
- Physical changes in the genital area after childbirth that might affect intimacy.
- Vaginal dryness, especially during sexual activities, causing pain or discomfort.
- Physical and functional changes relating to intimacy going into the menopause years.
- Issues and insecurity about the aesthetics of the intimate area, or other body parts, especially when entering into a new relationship.
- Most importantly, how to achieve satisfaction in mind and body through intimacy, with confidence.
Unfortunately, many women accept these difficulties as part of aging or simply are too shy to address them. Also, many healthcare providers are not willing to or are ignoring these concerns, attributing these challenges to growing older and not real medical problems. This is not acceptable. Many of the concerns relating to intimacy should be and can be addressed and improved, with the help of science and medicine, if needed. We want you to feel beautiful through intimacy and have confidence and fulfillment.
Many of the issues relating to intimacy, such as aesthetic or functional concerns, are being addressed under the various topics in this website – vaginal cosmetic surgery, intimate aesthetics, or female sexual dysfunction. However, we certainly recognize that intimacy, in the many interrelated forms – intellectual, social, experiential, physical or sexual – is complex and elusive to address clinically. Dr. Lau and his collaborating colleagues are working on a comprehensive, integrative mind-body approach to address the issues relating to intimacy. We feel that such approach would be more successful than some of the current medical treatments and would have less side effects than any drugs that may be used.
One issue of common concern, especially for women close to menopause – vaginal dryness – deserves a detailed educational discussion since there are so many competing home-use or clinical procedures and remedies being offered in the market, including those under the heading of “vaginal rejuvenation” or “laser vaginal rejuvenation.” This can be very confusing to the public and could also lead to unnecessary expensive treatments for this common issue of vaginal dryness.
Dr. Lau, with over 25 years of experience as a gynecologist and as a cosmetic vaginal surgeon, feels he should offer the following detailed Education material on Vaginal Dryness for your information.