When most people think about the effects of aging, they think of wrinkles, baggy skin or greying hair. What many women don’t realize is that the vagina responds to aging and different stages of life, just like any other part of the body. A woman’s body alters according to hormone levels, lifestyle, pregnancy and childbirth, all of which can take her through a range of changes. Here’s a closer look at how your vagina changes as you age.
The Physical Affects
As we age, our muscles become weaker, volume thins out and skin becomes less firm. These can all cause the vagina to develop some degree of laxity. In addition, giving birth stretches the vaginal opening. While natural elasticity will help your body to shrink during the weeks and months following childbirth, this is rarely enough on its own to help the vagina resume its previous state. Age can also cause the pelvic muscles to loosen, contributing to urinary stress incontinence.
Effects on Intimacy
The changing body doesn’t inherently signify anything negative. Many women remain unbothered by changes their bodies have gone through over the years. Others, however, may feel self-conscious during moments of intimacy. Concerns can be based on cosmetic appearance, natural lubrication or the ability to feel sexual pleasure.
How Feminine Rejuvenation Can Help
opens in a new windowFeminine rejuvenation can help turn back time so you feel youthful and confident again both in and out of the bedroom. ThermiVa™ uses radiofrequency waves to stimulate collagen production in the inner and outer tissues of the vagina. The treatment can help restore muscles and tissue to their younger state, and is often used to improve urinary stress incontinence, sexual stimulation and overall aesthetics.
Dr. Lee B. Daniel is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and General Surgery. He is a member of numerous societies including the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.