There are many claims surrounding vaginal looseness but are any of these claims medically accurate?
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A ‘loose’ vagina has been a term used to shame women for their sex lives. And if you think about it, it doesn’t make sense at all, since it’s not used to shame someone who has lots of sex with a partner, but instead someone who has many sex partners. But is the term ‘loose vagina’ medically accurate to begin with? Can a vagina actually end up being more "loose" and if so what can cause it to get loose? Perhaps you would naturally think of childbirth, but is this actually true? Today, we'll cover everything from whether your vagina can change in some cases and whether these changes are permanent or have any lasting effects on your lifestyle.
A brief look into what makes up your vagina
Before we answer the main question, let's look into what makes up your vagina and keeps its form and shape. Your vagina is an elastic muscular canal that's so elastic it can handle stretching to make way for a baby's head before strapping back to its original shape! Pelvic floor muscles keep your uterus, cervix and vagina in place.
Can you experience changes in vaginal tightness?
Since the vagina is basically a muscle, it can change its shape and form. When you're aroused, your vagina relaxes to facilitate penetration but when you're no longer aroused, it goes back to its original state. Your vaginal canal is very elastic so sex shouldn't change much since your vagina will probably strap back to its original state when you're done.
However, giving birth can lower vaginal tightness although the change isn't that drastic. If a baby is popping out of your vagina it makes sense that your vagina might not return to its original state but these changes aren't that big. Your vagina might also lose a bit of its elasticity after a few births but it's nothing to worry about. Any looseness should go away after a few days of giving birth. Looseness is usually temporary.
The vagina is a muscle so it's normal to degrade and change with age. Starting from your 40s, your vagina becomes less elastic, drier and thinner when you experience a drop in estrogen. Another possible reason behind losing elasticity is having weak pelvic floor muscles which hold your vagina and other reproductive parts in place.
What you can do
Childbirth and ageing can cause minor vaginal tightness change so it's nothing to fear. Weak pelvic floor muscles can also cause a feeling of vaginal looseness. Try Kegels to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. If you feel like your looseness is affecting your life in any way then make sure you consult a doctor.