Sexual Health Q&A

Female Sexual Health
What is vaginal laxity and how might it be addressed?

Vaginal laxity refers to a “looseness” that occurs in the vagina. Many women find that this happens after vaginal childbirth, but it has also been associated with aging and menopause.

Women with vaginal laxity often feel less sensation in their vagina during intercourse. As a result, sex may become less satisfying, and some women worry that they cannot please their partner.

Vaginal laxity has not been widely studied and researchers are still learning more about its causes and treatment. However, there are some treatment approaches that might help.

Some doctors recommend pelvic floor physical therapy, which can strengthen the pelvic floor (the tissue that helps keep the pelvic organs in place). Women who undergo physical therapy may be taught to do Kegel exercises, which are easy to perform and can be done in private.

Some drugstores sell over-the-counter vaginal tightening products, which are applied to the genitals. However, these products are usually not regulated the same way prescription drugs are. Side effects like infection, discharge, and damage to vaginal tissue have been reported.

Women may feel reluctant to speak to their doctor about looseness in their vagina. But if the situation is affecting their sexual health, it is important to start the conversation. A gynecologist can help a woman decide which treatment path is right for her.

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