The vaginal wall is made up of very dense connective tissue, with an excellent blood supply, with a great many nerves that link through this area. The vulva is lined by special skin cells, making the vulva more ‘skin-like’ than the vagina, with an even heftier blood and nerve supply than anywhere else on the human body.
This means that like other areas on the body, the vulva and vagina can both have their collagen and elastin damaged, aged, or stretched, to the point where it doesn’t bounce back. This results in what we think of as a ‘loose’ vagina and saggy labia.
The vaginal delivery and your vagina and vulva
Vaginal deliveries can cause stretching of the connective tissue of the vagina and the vulva (labia), and as it heals, it may never recover its former elasticity and firmness. The older you are when you give birth vaginally, the less your tissue bounces back, since collagen and elastin production naturally slows down over time.
Age and hormones affect the condition of the vagina and vulva. As the vagina and other local structures are stretched out, other issues can arise like stress urinary incontinence (a bit of urine coming out when you laugh, cough or sneeze) and atrophic vaginitis (dry, irritated, easily-damaged vulvar and vaginal tissue).
One of the issues that can arise with vulvovaginal laxity is reduced sensations during sex, which can have a negative impact on relationships and self-esteem. The net effect is reduced quality of life.
The aesthetics of the vulva
An element of laxity of the vagina and vulva is its appearance, which can be displeasing to some women. This can lead to self-consciousness. Labia majora (outer vaginal lips) can cause discomfort and irritation when wearing tight clothes and during sex, while labia minora (inner vaginal lips) can droop or dangle lower than they used to, also causing discomfort at times. Orgasms can disappear or become much harder to achieve due to a lack of friction (looseness).
We can tighten vaginas and vulvas (surgery-free)
We have treatments that can contract vulvovaginal tissues, tightening the top few layers of the vagina and vulva, promoting new collagen formation. The old collagen may have been stretched, so the formation of new collagen is imperative when tightening and rejuvenating vaginal and vulvar tissue.
Our Intimate Program combines several effective treatments that tighten tissue, restore natural vaginal moisture, improve sexual sensitivity, and have a significant positive impact on stress urinary incontinence.
Dr Anthony Rixon talks about the ENRICH Intimate program
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