Vaginal laxity refers to a “looseness” in the vagina. Many women find that this happens after vaginal childbirth. However, it is also associated with ageing and menopause.
Normally, vaginal skin is made up of collagen tissue, allowing it to expand during birth, contract after vaginal delivery, and return to its original shape and size. However, there is a limit to this elasticity.
During the first vaginal delivery, the vagina’s strength, resilience and contractility reduces significantly. As the baby passes through the birth canal, the dermal and vaginal tissue tears and stretches. The vagina loses its resilience and the gradual increase in skin surface prevents the vaginal skin from going back to its original state. This damages the muscles of the pelvic floor which surround and help maintain the position and shape of the vagina.
Within the first 6 months, the vagina is able to fully recover after delivering the first child. However, women having children later in life, having multiple vaginal births, or having more significant injury during childbirth, have a higher chance of vaginal laxity.
Symptoms of vaginal laxity include:
There are some over-the-counter vaginal tightening products, which can be applied to the genitals. However, these products are usually not regulated like prescription drugs and may result in side effects such as infection, discharge, and damage to vaginal tissue have been reported. In this case, it is not healthy and beneficial to use topical creams and devices as the vaginal laxity needs to be tightened internally.
While kegel exercises can improve vaginal tightening, it may not be enough to completely treat vaginal laxity for some women. That is why at Nuffield Therapeutics, we offer our trusted Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment. It uses a combination of fractional lasers and radiofrequency energy to adjust the vaginal canal and tightens the vaginal walls. To read more about treatment, click here.