Aging and childbirth can sometimes lead to uncomfortable vaginal looseness. If your vagina feels like its lost its elasticity, visit Kiarash Michel, MD, and his board-certified doctors at Comprehensive Urology in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. They offer innovative treatments like vaginal rejuvenation to tighten your vagina and improve your sex life. Call Comprehensive Urology today or book an appointment online to learn more about overcoming vaginal looseness.
Vaginal looseness (also called vaginal laxity) is the feeling that your vagina is less elastic and the vaginal walls aren’t as tight.
You might find you’re uncomfortable during sex or have difficulty using tampons. Some women feel like their vaginal tissues are drooping slightly. In addition to causing discomfort, these feelings can significantly affect your self-esteem and emotional well-being.
The vagina naturally stretches during sexual intercourse, then returns to its usual shape soon afterward. It’s designed to do this so it can accommodate a penis, relaxing and stretching as you become aroused, so the penis fits snugly. This elasticity heightens pleasure and prevents pain.
Having an active sex life doesn’t overstretch the vagina — it can always go back to normal.
Two things might cause vaginal looseness:
During childbirth, the vagina stretches considerably to deliver the baby. It takes longer to return to normal, but most women regain vaginal tightness within a few weeks or months of having their first child.
Each time you give birth, your vaginal muscles weaken slightly. This is likelier if you have a difficult delivery or a large baby. Some women develop slight vaginal looseness as a result.
Menopause (the natural end to women’s fertility) happens on either side of 50. You might begin experiencing perimenopause symptoms in your 40s as estrogen levels fall.
Estrogen is a female sex hormone; falling estrogen levels can make the vaginal tissue thinner, drier, and less acidic. Lack of estrogen also causes reduced elasticity, and these changes make your vagina feel loose.
Some women find that physical therapy improves their vaginal looseness. Kegel exercises are some of the most effective pelvic floor exercises, strengthening the muscles that support your pelvic organs and vagina. Vaginal cones (weighted objects similar in shape and size to tampons) that you hold in your vagina can also help.
Another treatment for vaginal looseness is neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES). The NMES device sends a painless electric current into your pelvic floor, contracting and relaxing your pelvic floor muscles.
Comprehensive Urology also offers vaginal rejuvenation treatments like ThermiVa®, a product of ThermiGen LLC. Your doctor uses ThermiVa to deliver radiofrequency energy into your vaginal tissues. This stimulates collagen production, improving elasticity and lubrication.
Call Comprehensive Urology today or book an appointment online to find an effective solution to vaginal looseness.