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Yep, that’s right. Who doesn’t want a life free from ‘worrying about vaginal inconveniences’? It’s a quote from the Silk’n website and the turn of phrase made me smile. I pictured trying to get into a car park, late for a meeting, and being blocked by a row of inconveniently placed vaginas.
It’s not that obviously.
What it actually refers to is all of those issues that come with age, childbirth and menopause – weakening vaginal walls, urinary incontinence, diminished sexual pleasure – all those really FUN things that we experience as women. God, it’s a great life isn’t it?
You may remember that a while ago I went and had my vagina zapped at a clinic in London to tackle the same issues, and as great as it was, that was a one off treatment that only lasted for around 18 months. It was also pricey and had to be done by an expert. The Silk’n Tightra has a similar aim, but it’s the first of these kind of ‘women’s intimate health’ devices that you can use at home. It’s also a lot more affordable – buy it direct from the Silk’n website at the moment for £309.
Silk’n Tightra uses clinically tested and proven Bi-Polar Radiofrequency energy – the same technology that’s used a lot in facial treatments to tighten and rejuvenate skin. Home facial devices have become increasingly popular as an alternative to paying for expensive clinical treatments, and the Silk’n Tightra is just like this, only for your downstairs bits.
Here’s a proper video explaining exactly how it works, in case my incredibly high tech explanation wasn’t enough:
It comes in a sturdy case, so you can store it safely and travel with it discreetly, although I have to admit that I chickened out of taking it through airport security to visit my sister in Ireland for Halloween. Probably a good job as I ended up having a bag search and as happy as I am to talk about my vagina here, I might have felt a bit less comfortable explaining it to airport security. Still, nothing to be ashamed of and all that, perhaps I’ll take it next time.
Using the Silk’n Tightra for the first time was very straightforward. After I’d warned Belle not to come into my bedroom for twenty minutes, (the length of each treatment), I unzipped it from its case and took a look:
Not too scary is it? It comes with a gel that you apply on the device before use and once you’re done you just clean it with an intimate wipe and you’re good to go. It’s easy to insert and position too. I used it as an excuse to lie down and read a book for twenty minutes, and just kept my legs together to hold it in place, easy peasy.
The Silk’n Tightra does get quite warm, let’s get that out there. The first time I used it, it was a little disconcerting, but I got used to it very quickly and it certainly wasn’t painful, plus it has built-in heat sensors to make sure your skin doesn’t overheat. It has three energy levels for the internal mode, but you can keep it on the lowest setting initially while you get used to it and if you do switch up and it’s uncomfortable you can jump back down a level at any point.
The controls themselves are very easy to use and, most importantly, easy to reach once the Silk’n Tightra is in place. It’s a ‘press and hold’ to switch it on at the lowest setting, and then a simple one press to take you up to the next setting when you’re ready. It gives a little buzz at intervals just to let you know it’s working, and at the end of the session it switches itself off automatically, (just in case you happen to doze off, which is easily done).
The very first time I used it I felt a little bit of residual heat for ten minutes or so, but since then I’ve not felt anything – so no pain or discomfort at all, and no soreness. It really does have zero down time.
The Silk’n Tightra also has an external mode, but honestly I don’t think aesthetics are an issue when it comes to my vulva. I’m on board with the internal improvements for purely selfish reasons – reducing leaks and making sex more enjoyable – but visuals aren’t something I personally think are important. We all look different, the end. The option’s there though if you want it – I’m not going to say what’s important to other women.
I’ve been using it twice a week for about four weeks now, (you can’t use it on your period and I had the little airport induced break), and I’m starting to feel a difference already. I’ve had a cold this week, which has involved a lot of coughing and sneezing, and at no point have I peed my pants, which I take as an excellent sign. After the initial 4-5 weeks you can continue to use the Silk’n Tightra for maintenance, making it a great long term solution.
Michelle Heaton is an ambassador for Silk’n Tightra, so to finish up here’s a short video of Michelle talking about her relationship and how using Silk’n Tightra has made her feel more comfortable and confident: