[By Tania Hui]
It is one of those body issues that many women are suffering in silence either because they are too embarrass to own up, or bring it up for discussion. We are talking about the problem of vagina laxity, which surprisingly remains largely a taboo subject even as society progresses. While it may be a difficult subject to bring up, sexual health is an important part of a woman’s overall health and well-being.While some ladies have it as a trait from birth, others tend to develop it after childbirth or simply with normal aging. Whatever be the case, a loose vajayjay can potentially lead to lack of interest in sex and could with time spoil the intimacy between couples.
A woman’s vagina is said to be loose when either the vaginal walls are not tight enough or when the vaginal opening becomes very large. This is the most common physical change in women following childbirth and up to 50% of women that have undergone normal vaginal delivery hold this as a concern.During labor, the vaginal and cervical muscles contract and expand repeatedly and coupled with the arrival of the baby through the introitus, this can lead to slackened vaginal muscles and eventual laxity. Besides, our nether region is not spared the signs of aging as sagging skin and loss of muscle mass make the vagina less taut and stretchy. The best way to deal with any sticky situation is really to confront it. Here are 5 tips to deal with vaginal laxity, and I’m sure one or more of these suggestions will guide you towards your total “Eve-olution”!
One of the most popular ways to help tighten the vagina would be to practise Kegel exercises on a regular basis. Often recommended to ladies post-delivery, the exercise involves contracting the muscles of the groin area and then relaxing them after 10 seconds. Keep contracting and relaxing the groin muscles for at least 15 times and follow up with 4 sets of the same every day. Alternatively, you can try contracting your groin muscles while you urinate and hold back the urine for about 5 seconds before continuing. Do the same till your bladder is fully emptied and repeat the procedure every time you need to take a leak. While some women swear by Kegel exercises to keep them taut and happy, it’s time consuming with dismal results for many. Kegel exercises basically help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles but do not address the tissue within the vagina or the vaginal opening. As such, the general consensus seems to be preventive rather than curative with regards to true vaginal laxity.
In lieu with pumping iron for stronger muscles, another fairly common method to tighten the vaginal muscles employs the use of weighted vaginal cone. While vaginal weights may sound like a joke, the problem they are designed to treat is anything but. They were first used by Peattie, Plevnik and Stanton, whose study showed that you can be trained to use your pelvic floor muscles by retaining a weighted cone in the vagina. When introduced like a regular tampon, the vaginal cone causes the pelvic floor muscles to automatically contract around it, and it is this reflex action that tones the muscles and hence improves vaginal laxity. As your pelvic floor becomes stronger you will be able to add more weights and increase the time you are able to keep the cone in place. It is recommended to do so for up to 20 minutes each session, and performed 5 times, spread throughout the day.
The market is never short of creams that promise to tighten and enhance sexual pleasure by stimulating blood flow to the vagina. If this sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Just like creams that claim to add length and girth to a flaccid manhood, more often than not, these are marketing scams that prey on one’s vulnerability. Most of them contain herbal remedies of plant based estrogenic components with limited knowledge and studies done on their efficacy. Others are laced with skeptical ingredients such as those found in deodorants to supposedly engorge the walls of the vagina to make it feel tighter for better sex and the risks of an allergic reaction and vaginitis cannot be overlooked.
The Intima Touch™ treatment which utilises the FDA approved Viveve system is set to revolutionise and radically change the approach of treating vaginal laxity. Designed using the same technology as that of Thermage’s ThermaCool System, which has been used in over 280 thousand procedures for skin tightening, Intima Touch™ uses patented, reverse-thermal radio-frequency (RF) technology to tighten and rejuvenate vaginal tissue.
“Vaginal tissue is stimulated by the RF waves deliveredto produce healthy, resilient new collagen and elastin within it walls.” Explains Dr. Tan Wan Theng, senior medical consultant with The Sloane Clinic. “These changes occur at the cellular level so there are no visible marks nor tell-tale signs left on the vaginal tissue.” A thumb sized treatment tip is placed just inside the vaginal opening and circumferentially moved around by the attending physician to deliver pulses of energy to the collagen fibres that make up the underlying tissues. It is a 30-minute outpatient treatment that’s pain free and doesn’t require anaesthesia with little to no downtime. As such, one is able to resume normal activities immediately following the procedure.With just one treatment, the regenerative process is initiated, but the full effect will build gradually over time, with optimal results achieved through the Intimate Program. In clinical trials to date, almost 90% of the women treated reported significant, sustained tightening at 12 months after treatment, with an average improvement of 68%.
Vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure done with anaesthesia that can usually correct the problem of stretched vaginal muscles. It tightens lax vaginal muscles and surrounding soft tissues, by reducing excess vaginal mucosa lining the walls. The result is an immediate decrease in size, resulting in more friction and hopefully restoring previous pleasurable sensation during sexual experiences. As with most reconstructive surgeries, a certain amount of downtime is unavoidable. Post surgery, bed rest is generally advised and the patient is usually able to walk comfortably only after a few days and will have to abstain from sexual activities for 4-6 weeks. Surgical risks are few, but may include among others infection, bleeding, and possible scarring with resulting dyspareunia.
Sex may change after kids but how it feels doesn’t have to.
* Selected as Editor’s Choice May 2015*