Battling Vaginal Laxity: Common Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
One of the biggest concerns some women face is vaginal laxity. Although it affects many women worldwide, unfortunately, the idea of it is stigmatized. Many women suffering from this concern do not feel comfortable discussing it, even with their own medical providers. Vaginal laxity is one of the most popular reasons that women seek out cosmetic gynecological procedures, and the procedure to correct the problem, known as vaginoplasty, is one of the most popular ones available for those who are looking to correct this concern. It’s time to stop being embarrassed to discuss a normal and common concern – and start looking for ways to correct the problem so that you can have a better sense of self-esteem and grow to feel better about the amazing woman you are!
Vaginal Laxity: What is It?
Vaginal laxity is a condition that occurs when the vagina loses some of the elasticity that it has. This can make the vagina feel stretched or “loose.” Since the vagina can stretch and then return to its original shape and size, it can be a concern for women if they find that their vagina has loosened or lost its elasticity. Since a “loose” vagina is often said to be caused by promiscuity, many women may find themselves not wishing to talk about it. However, it is important to note that promiscuity is actually not a cause for vaginal laxity at all – and it’s much more common than you might think.
What Causes Vaginal Laxity?
Vaginal laxity has a host of causes that can lead to the condition. It is usually caused by several factors, including age, hormones, childbirth, and extreme weight loss. None of the causes of vaginal laxity have anything to do with the number of sexual partners a woman has had. In fact, the leading cause of vaginal laxity has to do with age and genetics. The older a woman gets, the less her muscles will stretch as well as they once did during their youth – which is where procedures such as a vaginoplasty can come in handy to make the vagina feel tighter again.
Symptoms of Vaginal Laxity
When it comes to vaginal laxity, the most common symptom that women notice include a decrease in sexual satisfaction, a lack of tightness in the vagina, and stress urinary incontinence. Lack of sufficient vaginal lubrication, as well as pain during sex, are two more symptoms that can cause concern. These symptoms can vary with certain factors, such as age.
Treating Vaginal Laxity
When it comes to treating vaginal laxity, there are both surgical and non-surgical treatments, depending on the severity of the issue. The first line of treatment for vaginal laxity and stress urinary incontinence is usually trying out some home methods, such as kegel exercises, before moving on to anything more drastic, such as a surgical procedure.
One such surgical treatment, vaginoplasty, is very popular among women of all ages and can help make vaginal laxity a thing of the past!
The vaginoplasty procedure is typically performed as an outpatient procedure in your doctor’s office. Local anesthesia is often used for the procedure unless the patient would feel more at ease with general anesthesia. The procedure itself involves using a CO2 laser to make small incisions in the vaginal walls, and the muscles and tissue are then tightened and shaped to make the vaginal canal tighter than before.
Vaginoplasty is a relatively safe procedure with a very high satisfaction rate. The procedure has a very short recovery period, as well – with minimal risks, including bleeding, slight pain, and swelling. While the procedure is safe for women of all ages, it is usually recommended that women who are planning on undergoing the procedure be finished having children. While a vaginoplasty will definitely not impact fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth can have an impact on the results of a vaginoplasty.
CaWant to learn more about vaginal laxity, including how a vaginoplasty can help? Call the office of Dr. Ghozland today at 310-393-9359, and we will be happy to answer your questions or get you scheduled for a consultation!