You probably have heard of vaginal laxity, but we promise there’s more to it than just feeling “a little loose.” Vaginal laxity refers to a condition wherein a woman’s vagina loses its tightness, which can turn to a feeling of looseness or a decrease in sexual satisfaction. This is because highly elastic muscles make up the vagina, and like rubber which returns to its original position after being pulled and released, they too help the vaginal walls close after. However, due to many factors, these muscles and other vaginal tissues may lose their tightness and sensitivity, resulting in vaginal laxity. It’s pretty common too! Around 75% women around the world experience this sometime in their lives!
What Causes Vaginal Laxity
The reasons vaginal laxity takes place could be many, but the most common ones include childbirth, menopause, and ageing. Ageing changes our bodies in many ways and affects our collagen levels which are crucial in vaginal strength. Collagen is a substance found in most of our body tissues, which gives them strength and elasticity. In short, the collagen found in our tissues helps make these muscles and tissues rubber-like.
When our collagen levels fade, so does the ability of our muscles to spring back to their standard form.
Another effect of ageing is menopause. When women undergo menopause, it affects the production of estrogen which is an essential hormone that helps with the growth, maintenance, and healthy repair of vaginal tissues. When these levels decrease, our vagina’s ability to recover from pressure and trauma also diminishes.
And let’s not even get started with the changes our bodies go through during pregnancy! The strain and trauma of pregnancy affects the pelvic muscles and vaginal tissues, regardless of whether a woman has undergone a normal birth or a cesarean section. Additionally, childbirth also changes the collagen levels in our body due to placental hormones, which affect vaginal strength. Although women who give birth for the first time recover in 6 to 12 months, those that have given birth multiple times experience different levels of vaginal laxity.
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When Should You See a Specialist
If you notice the following symptoms, it may be time for you to sit down and talk to your doctor:
- Reduced sexual function and libido
- Discomfort during intercourse, workouts, or some movements
- Loss of lubrication in the vagina
- Reduced sexual pleasure and difficulties achieving orgasm
- General age-related laxity or a peri-menopausal stage
How to Treat Vaginal Laxity
It may feel awkward to talk to your doctor about this, but you’d be surprised by the number of treatments available for vaginal laxity. Some studies recommend doing Kegel exercises or pelvic floor training to tighten the vaginal muscles, although results for these can vary from patient to patient. Some patients even undergo surgical vaginoplasty, a procedure that brings together the vaginal muscles and removes extra skin from the back of the vagina.
If you’re not comfortable with getting surgery, there are also noninvasive alternatives such as laser that can tighten the muscles in the vagina and stimulate collagen formation. You can consider a holistic treatment like the Intimate Renewal Program that consists of two lasers, Fraxel Light and Thulium Whitening lasers, to rejuvenate and prettify our delicate area. These two lasers work in tandem to brighten the skin ad also stimulate collagen production, improving overall skin elasticity. This helps to rejuvenate the vaginal tissues and help the vaginal walls to become better lubricated and more flexible.