Puberty and childbirth are not the only things that change your vagina. Surprisingly, your vagina changes as you age, particularly after you enter menopause. Here’s how:
Your pubic hair also suffers from greying, thinning, hair loss. If you have the habit of shaving your pubic hair, this is probably a positive change because you will need to shave less and less. Although you are not going to lose all of your hair down there, you have significantly thinner hair.
It’s worth mentioning that your vagina and your vulva, albeit closely connected, are two completely different things. Simply put, your vulva is the outside part while your vagina is the canal. When talking about the vagina, most women actually mean the vulva. From your late teens to your 40s (even 50s), your vulva basically stays the same. However, at some point in your life, you may experience Vulvovaginal Atrophy. It’s a condition in which the vulva loses its fullness due to the loss of estrogen during perimenopause and menopause.
Vulvovaginal Atrophy also affects the vagina. Estrogen loss may result in dramatic changes in the way your vagina looks and functions. The opening and the length of the canal may shrink. It’s more prone to irritation as the lining inside your vagina becomes thinner when losing its natural elasticity and moisture. Many women report to experience a burning and itching sensation. This may interfere with your sex life because you will likely feel painful during sex.
While some women experience a change in their sex drive, others do not. Sex drive depends on many factors, ranging from hormones to emotional and physical well-being. Experts consider sex as a way to keep the vagina happy and healthy. Think of sex as a special exercise for your vagina. Try to keep it regular. You don’t need a fixed schedule, just don’t ignore it for too long.
Prolapse refers to the condition in which one’s pelvic organs (the bladder, uterus, the top of the vagina, the urethra, etc. ) drop down because of weakened pelvic floor muscles. Although prolapse probably does not cause pain, it’s a dangerous condition and needs to be addressed with surgery. Smokers and those who have given birth to many children are at a higher risk of prolapse. To avoid prolapse, you need to work your pelvic floor muscles. Kegel exercise is the best way to achieve durable pelvic floor muscles. Another option is orgasms. The contractions a woman have during an orgasm are the strongest, making it an ideal form of Kegel.
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- Habits That Lead to Vaginal Itching
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Review Date: May 17, 2017 | Last Modified: December 9, 2019
6 Ways Your Vagina Changes As You Age. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/29/ways-vagina-changes-as-you-age_n_7162742.html. Accessed May 12, 2017.