Vaginal laxity, or vaginal looseness, is becoming more widely recognized as a condition worthy of attention. 38% of women self-report having experienced vaginal laxity, and it has a tremendous impact on their sexual health and quality of life. Because there is reduced vaginal feeling during intercourse, women with this condition typically lose sexual enjoyment. Some women lose confidence as a result, fearing that their sex life would negatively affect their relationships.
Despite its prevalence, vaginal laxity is a topic that many women are ashamed or uncomfortable discussing. This causes many people to suffer in silence rather than seek help. Even fewer people discuss treatment with their doctors. Fortunately, there are certain proven traditional methods as well as advanced medical procedures that can significantly improve vaginal laxity in the majority of cases.
What Is Vaginal Laxity?
To begin, it’s vital to note that the majority of the tissues in the human body have collagen, a protein that is responsible for giving these structures their flexibility and strength. Second, the vaginal walls are largely composed of fibrous material and collagen, providing them their flexibility and strength. However, due to a variety of circumstances, stress and trauma to the area could result in uncomfortable dryness, itching and loose vaginal muscles and tissues.
Causes of Vaginal Laxity
There are a variety of reasons why this condition develops, and the causes may vary from woman to woman.
- Vaginal childbirth, or vaginal delivery
The most common cause of vaginal laxity is pregnancy and childbirth. The muscles of the vagina stretch during vaginal delivery. After having delivery, some women experience changes in vaginal shape or flexibility. A woman may experience less sensation or satisfaction during sex in this instance, although these feelings normally return with time. Changes to the vulva and vagina can occur as a result of damage to the skin, tissue, or muscle after childbirth. This might affect how loose or tight the vaginal area feels.
Even women who had a C-section have experienced a loose vagina after birth. This is mainly because the physical demands of pregnancy can cause alterations to the pelvic organs.
- Decreased estrogen
Another possible reason for vaginal wall laxity is a drop in estrogen levels, either by menopause or other underlying conditions. Estrogen is responsible for lubrication and maintenance of the thickness of the vaginal wall. When the estrogen level drops, the vaginal muscles grow weaker and less elastic, resulting in laxity as the vaginal canal and tissues surrounding the vaginal entrance lose strength and structure.
Bodies change as you grow older. Skin and muscle lose firmness and strength over time, which is why the vaginal area might seem loose. When muscles and tendons in the pelvic area weaken, they offer less support to the vagina and other pelvic organs. Again, estrogen levels decrease as women approach menopause. It’s usual for the lining of the vaginal wall to change during perimenopause and menopause.
Sometimes, genetics is what makes your vagina loose. Your genes can determine your vaginal structure. Hereditary conditions, such as decreased collagen production, excess body weight, and vaginal trauma not related to delivery, are also possible reasons for vaginal laxity.
Symptoms of Vaginal Laxity
Women may be aware that vaginal laxity is a problem, but they may be unaware of what signs and symptoms are associated with a weak and loose vagina.
- Decreased sexual satisfaction
If you’re having trouble achieving orgasm, it could be a sign that you’re loose or that vaginal dryness is robbing you of a more pleasurable experience. Orgasm, often known as a climax, is usually the result of strong sexual stimulation. It is usually regarded as pleasurable and is accompanied by pelvic muscular contractions.
The advantages of a tighter vagina are undeniably beneficial since you won’t have any trouble reaching orgasm. You may even experience multiple intense orgasms. If it is loose, there’s a good probability you and your partner won’t enjoy the pleasure of sex.
- Urinary stress incontinence
Urine leakage, also known as stress incontinence, affects the great majority of women who lose vaginal tightness. The muscles that control the release of urine and maintain the bladder become weak, resulting in incontinence. Low estrogen levels can cause the pelvic floor muscles to deteriorate as you become older or after menopause. These muscles can become weak as a result of childbirth, urethral injury, or pelvic surgery.
- Weak vaginal resistance
Muscle tonus is a property shared by all muscles in the human body, including the vaginal muscles. It refers to the muscle’s continuous, passive, and partial contractions, as well as the muscle’s resistance to passive stretching while at rest.
To better evaluate vaginal resistance, simply slip your three fingers (ring, middle, and index finger) inside your vagina and squeeze your muscles. The more rigid your vaginal walls feel, the better. However, if you can fit all three together but don’t feel anything, you’re probably loose.
How Do I Regain Vaginal Laxity?
How can vaginal laxity be treated? Luckily, there are a few options — from pelvic exercises to non-surgical procedures:
- Kegel Exercises
Most women who have given birth will be advised to practice daily Kegel exercises by their doctors. Kegel exercises are effective in toning the pelvic floor and can be done anywhere, at any time.
To begin, you must first locate your pelvic floor muscles. To do so, try to hold your urine midstream. If you succeed, you’ve identified the correct muscles. Then, take the following steps:
- Find a comfortable position to do your workouts in. Most individuals like to lie on their backs.
- Tighten your pelvic floor muscles. Contract for 5 seconds before relaxing for another 5 seconds.
- Repeat the procedure at least 5 times
The downside is, since the exercises do not target the vaginal wall, they will not be able to help those with actual vaginal laxity.
- Vaginoplasty Surgery
Vaginoplasty is a surgical intervention that tightens loose vaginal muscles and the soft tissues that surround them. The goal is to reconstruct the vaginal wall, resulting in increased friction and sensation during sex. The disadvantage for some individuals is that vaginoplasty, like any reconstructive surgery, takes time to recover. Though many women can walk easily just a few days following their treatment, it could take up to 6 weeks to return to work, exercise, and sexual activity.
- Vaginal Rejuvenation for Laxity and Vaginal Dryness
To ladies who want a tightening effect that Kegel exercises can’t provide but also don’t want to go through surgery, vaginal rejuvenation is recommended. It is a non-invasive treatment that stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the deeper, structural tissues, resulting in thicker, stronger vaginal walls. As the vaginal canal tightens and “plumps,” this new tissue provides better support for the vagina and other pelvic organs.
If you have observed the signs and symptoms of a dry vagina or vaginal laxity and want to know your options, schedule an appointment with Clarity Med Spa today. There’s no reason to put up with unsatisfying sex life and lesser quality of life. Treat vaginal laxity in a matter of minutes with Vaginal Rejuvenation C02 CORE Intima. Contact us at (416) 960-2222!