Women don’t need to be reminded that as we age, so does our body. With every passing year, our body changes in response to internal and external factors. Our skin gets a little more lax, our pores get bigger, our under eye bags become a bit more noticeable, and our ‘muffin top’ continues to expand. The same is true for all the structures that make up the female genitalia, referred to – on a whole – as the vulva. This area will evolve significantly as you go from your 20s to your 40s and beyond. Let’s take a minute to look into Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery’s crystal ball to see seven ways your vagina will age along with you.
1. From birth control to menopause – changes in your body’s natural lubrication process:
Your vagina is, literally, a well-oiled machine. Self-cleaning and self-lubricating, a woman’s private parts naturally release extra fluids to ensure sex is more comfortable and enjoyable. However, oral contraceptives can change your body’s hormonal balance, meaning many ladies start to notice a dryer environment. This dryness will peak yet again from the hormonal changes during menopause.
2. Hair-altering techniques may alter the appearance of your vulva, as well:
Just as the continued frowning and squinting can eventually lead to facial lines and wrinkles, constant shaving, laser treatments, and waxing can alter the way the vulva looks. While subtle, over the years, these treatments can cause tissues of the vulva to stretch slightly and even result in areas of hyperpigmentation.
3. Pregnancy may mean varicose veins in the vulva:
Varicose veins are the result of excess blood flow and weak vein valves. Although the appearance of purple-is varicose veins, known as vulvar varicosities, may look scary, they often go away after delivery. If they do not, an experienced physician can usually offer successful solutions.
4. Pregnancy marks multiple changes for your vulva:
You expect that a vaginal delivery will leave a legacy of stretched tissues, but did you know that pregnancy hormones, such as progesterone, also play a part in slackening the vaginal walls and the joints that support the uterus? Delivering your baby vaginally puts the final yank on tissues that more-or-less (sometimes less) return to normal after childbirth.
5. Middle age means gray hair – even down there:
As a woman reaches menopause, the appearance of her pubic hair may change. Hair in the nether-regions may become sparser and gasp, may even turn gray.
6. The incredible shrinking labia:
Your labia, the soft tissue folds that protect the entrance to the vagina, is prone to stretching and losing shape after years of pulling during sex and childbirth. However, during menopause, the tissue is known to shrink up, becoming paler and less robust. Resulting from a decrease in blood flow, the labia can ultimately lose its youthful volume.
7. Menopause decreases moisture:
Menopause means decreasing estrogen, the hormone that adds moisture to the vagina and keeps the vulva in healthy form. This results in dryness, deceased tissue elasticity, more painful sex, and stretching of the labia and vaginal walls.
Love Your Vulva with Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery:
If you are having trouble with the look of your labia, experiencing painful intercourse, or notice decreasing vaginal tightness, remember that there is a way to restore a positive relationship with your vulva. Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery offers several, unique surgical procedure designed to address the vulva. Dr. Paul Vitenas offers several innovative techniques, designed to meticulously reshape the labia and tighten the vaginal muscles. For more on Dr. Vitenas’ labiaplasty or vaginoplasty procedure, call our office at (281) 617-1838, or fill out our simple Contact Us form.