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If your sex life is not that pleasurable anymore because your vagina has lost its tone, you may be suffering from vaginal laxity or looseness. The lack of friction resulting from a loose vagina may make it difficult or impossible for you to reach orgasm during intercourse.

Vaginal laxity is a common condition experienced by many women, and now there is something they can do about it. No matter the causes of vaginal laxity, vaginal rejuvenation surgery from a gynecological plastic surgeon could help restore your vagina, which in turn may help restore your sex life.

Childbirth and Vaginal Trauma

Perhaps the most common of the causes of vaginal laxity, especially in premenopausal women, is childbirth. The more children a woman has delivered naturally, the more likely it is she could experience vagina laxity. Even women who have had only one child may suffer from vaginal laxity, especially if the delivery was difficult, the infant was large, or forceps were needed during the birth. Women who have experienced vaginal trauma may also suffer from vaginal laxity.

Menopause and Aging

Most women go through menopause by their mid-50s, and roughly half of them experience vaginal laxity issues. As women age, their muscle tone tends to lessen overall, and menopause often exacerbates the problem as estrogen hormone levels drop.

Hysterectomy and Collagen Metabolism Disorder

After a hysterectomy, some women may develop vaginal laxity. If the woman is not in menopause prior to her hysterectomy, the operation effectively puts her into menopause if her ovaries are also removed.

Some women may inherit some form of collagen metabolism disorder, which affects the production of this typically abundant bodily protein. Since collagen levels decline with age, collagen depletion from any source has the potential to affect vaginal health and looseness. For more information about the causes of vaginal laxity, consult with a doctor today.

Vaginal Laxity and Vaginal Rejuvenation

Vaginoplasty, also known as vaginal rejuvenation, can restore the muscle tone of the vagina. In a vaginoplasty, the pelvic floor muscles are moved together, and any excess skin is removed. The operation is performed under general anesthesia, and the amount of tightening necessary is determined for each patient by the surgeon.

Scarring is minimal, as the incisions are put in the vulva’s natural skin folds. Ideally, after healing, the patient finds herself with a tighter vagina, allowing for more friction and subsequent pleasure during sex.

Some woman may want to have additional genital surgery performed at the same time. Among the most commonly combined procedures are vaginoplasty and labiaplasty, the latter of which removes excess tissue and makes the labia more attractive.

Vaginoplasty Recovery

Expect to stay home from work for at least one week after undergoing vaginal rejuvenation. Do not place anything in the vagina, including tampons, until the doctor determines it is safe to do so.

The entire recovery period typically takes about six weeks, and women must refrain from sexual intercourse during that time. During the recovery period, it is important to avoid bathing or swimming in a pool or the ocean. Quick showers are the order of the day.

Speaking with Dr. Jacobson About Vaginoplasty

If you would like to restore your vagina to a tighter, younger, or pre-childbirth state, call the office of Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation. We could discuss your options regarding vaginal rejuvenation and answer any questions regarding the causes of vaginal laxity or any questions you may have about the procedure, either in person or over a phone or Skype/Facetime call.