Women who live life and do things like, well, have bodies, go through pregnancy, deliver babies or experience menopause or reproductive health issues will likely at some point experience some degree of vaginal laxity. And let’s face it, that’s just about all of us. Yet many women don’t discuss the issue with their physicians because they feel embarrassed or they are concerned that the only option for tightening the vagina is surgery. Vaginal tightening is not a vanity project. A healthy vagina is key to pelvic health and overall health and happiness. Fortunately there are some easy, painless, natural options that women have found successful in treating vaginal laxity, or looseness.
Causes of Vaginal Laxity
Hormonal fluctuations and physical strain or stress on the vagina and other pelvic organs can lead to vaginal laxity.
Common causes include:
- Vaginal childbirth that stretches muscles, tendons and vaginal walls
- Decreased estrogen levels caused by menopause
- Reduced estrogen levels caused by health issues
- Aging muscles and tendons creating a weakened pelvic floor
- A woman’s genetically determined physical structure
What are the Symptoms of Vaginal Laxity?
Symptoms of vaginal laxity can include:
- Vaginal dryness
- Vaginal pain or discomfort during intercourse
- Unusual bleeding after sexual activity
- Lack of lubrication during intercourse
- Urinary incontinence
- Burning during urination
- Unexpected and urgent needs to urinate
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Burning or itching in the vaginal or vulvar areas
- Decreased libido
- Lack of sexual arousal
- Reduction in sexual satisfaction during intercourse
Tightening Your Vagina Naturally
Exercise, estrogen and herbs can all help reduce vaginal laxity with a little effort every day.
Kegels are extremely effective for toning the pelvic floor, decreasing incontinence and improving sexual satisfaction.
Kegels are tightening the muscles of your pelvic floor in several sets of repetitions throughout the day. Think about the muscles you would use to stop urinating – those are the ones you want to target. However, while your pelvic floor muscles help support the vagina and surrounding structures, they are not what make up the vaginal walls. Still – having better tone and support for all of your pelvic organs is important for vaginal health.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) used to be a sort of scary, hit-or-miss treatment. Today women can have their HRT custom formulated and designed to suit their bodies, needs and goals. HRT replaces the hormones the body no longer makes after menopause or when the body decreases the production of estrogen and other hormones for other medical reasons.
HRT creams offer customization, flexibility and simple, easy application of hormones that are then absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. HRT cream allows the right dose of hormones to be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream to help relieve hot flashes, night sweats, depression and other symptoms of menopause.
Herbal creams and spray can be effective in treating vaginal laxity. Talk to your urogynecologist for recommendations to ensure what you are using is non-toxic and safe for vaginal application.
What Doesn’t Work
Vaginal tightening pills may boast all-natural ingredients and promise miraculous, long-term results, but they don’t have the science to back up their claims – and they don’t work. In some cases, these pills may even be harmful – plenty of “natural” ingredients can cause adverse reactions.
Taking the Next Step
If your discomfort and symptoms of vaginal laxity are persistent, consult your urogynecologist. If your condition is severe, your urogynecologist may recommend a surgical solution known as a vaginoplasty, which is used to treat extreme stretching, muscle separation or tearing during childbirth. The surgery can also improve urinary incontinence.
diVa® laser vaginal rejuvenation promotes the growth of new collagen structures, which strengthen, firm and “plump” the vaginal walls. It also resurfaces the vaginal lining to improve natural lubrication. diVa® is also used to help mild cases of urinary incontinence.
Contact Coyle Institute and set up your consultation to learn more about options for treating vaginal laxity and improving your vaginal health. Regain your sexual confidence and regain the pleasure you once enjoyed while being intimate with your partner.