There are many myths and misconceptions about the vagina. Some people, for example, believe that vaginas can lose their elasticity forever, especially after childbirth.
Others believe that the more you have sex, the looser your vagina gets.
Others believe that you can tell the size of a woman’s vagina is by the size of her mouth.
All these are myths thus not actually true.
Your vagina is elastic just like an elastic band. It can stretch to allow things coming in (think: a penis or sex toy) or going out during childbirth. But this stretch is temporary as your vagina will snap back to its size.
The truth is that your vagina may become slightly looser as you age or have a vaginal birth. With childbirth, the muscles expand and relax with time.
Is there such a thing as a loose vagina?
There’s no such thing as a ‘loose’ vagina.
Age and childbirth may affect elasticity but with the latter, it is just a temporary change.
The phrase 'loose vagina' has been used to shame women, and that explains the obsession with seeking solutions to ‘tighten’ the vagina. You will come across all manner of products or services that promise to make you as tight as the grip of a child holding food in hand.
Does vaginal tightening work?
Well, yes, depending on the treatment. Do not be fooled by the products sold on the internet and streets, these may do more harm than good. Here are some techniques that are known to tighten vaginal muscles.
A Kegel exercise is basically pretending you have to pee and then holding it.
First, you need to identify the right pelvic floor muscles. To achieve this, stop while you’re peeing. If you succeed, you figured out the right muscles.
Once you do, follow these steps:
- Take a deep breath through your nose, letting your abdomen rise as it fills with air. Keep your pelvic floor muscles relaxed as you breathe in.
- As you slowly breathe out through your mouth gently contract your pelvic floor muscles.
- Hold for 3 to 6 seconds (until your muscles start to get tired).
- Then relax your muscles fully for about 6 to 10 seconds.
- Breathe in again and release the contraction. This relaxes your muscles. Remember not to hold your breath during the break.
- Repeat this up to 10 times per session and always spend the same amount of time or longer relaxing your muscles as you did contract them.
For the best results, practice 3 sets of Kegels 5 to 10 times a day. You should see results within a few weeks.
If you perform Kegel exercises correctly and regularly, they will make your pelvic floor muscles stronger and tighten your vagina
Pelvic tilt exercises
You can strengthen your vaginal muscles using a pelvic tilt exercise. Here’s how:
- Lie on your back and bend your knees. For best results lie on the floor
- Ley your back lie flat against the floor
- Tighten your abdominal muscles and bend your pelvis up slightly
- Hold for 10 seconds
- Do these 10 times, for up to 5 times a day.
You can also strengthen your pelvic floor muscles by using a vaginal cone. These are tampon-sized objects that you put in your vagina and hold.
Once inserted, the feeling of losing the cone makes you contract your pelvic floor in an attempt to hold them in place.
To do this:
- Insert the cone into your vagina. Start with the lightest cone.
- Squeeze your muscles to Hold the cone in place. Do this for about 15 minutes, twice a day.
- Increase the weight of the cone you use as you become more successful in holding the cone in place in your vagina.
Laser vaginal tightening
Laser vaginal tightening is a non-surgical procedure used to rejuvenate the vagina. Usually involves two treatments which are 4-6 weeks apart, although some people may need more appointments. Of course, these are pricier so if you do not have the money to pay for laser tightening, you can opt for kegel and pelvic tilt muscles and cones.
A vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure where a vagina is either reconstructed (including tightening) or constructed (this can involve removing the penis, testicles, and scrotum).
This procedure can tighten vagina muscles for women who feel that their vagina needs tightening. This could be due to age or childbirth.
Vaginal surgery is a major medical procedure that comes with its own risks. It is important to consider these risks before deciding to go ahead with the treatment.
Vaginal tightening is not permanent
The vagina is made up of muscles and they can become loose with age and without exercise. This means that the benefits of any vaginal tightening treatment will not last forever.
Even the results of a vaginoplasty, are not permanent as natural aging will affect elasticity.
What are the side effects of vaginal tightening
The side effects of vaginal tightening vary depending on what treatment you choose. Exercise is probably the only treatment where there are no side effects. At the other end of the scale is surgery, where potential side effects can include nerve damage, infection, or damage to the rectum or bladder.
Pills, creams, and gels also have potential side effects and may contain ingredients that cause irritation, infection, or an allergic reaction.