I would like to start writing with a question that I encounter quite often. It is a million-dollar question for millions of women. Will my vagina go back to the way it was after birth? The answer is that you might not like it exactly. Not really. But it will likely be closer to it’s previous state, because the vagina not only has the elasticity to expand but also the capacity to retract. This is why I want to talk about how to restore your vagina after birth.
I can imagine all the preparations you have made for your offspring. Have you made the same preparations for your body?
The first thing I want to tell you is, it can take anywhere from 12 weeks to a year for your vagina to go back to its pre-birth state, and some things may never be 100% the same again. However, there are always solutions in plastic surgery.
Issue 1: Having a wider vagina
It is normal for a vagina to look wider than it is before. Of course! While your vagina and vaginal opening typically shrink back down after stretching during vaginal birth, having a big baby, a baby with a big head or several vaginal deliveries could make it less likely to go back 100%. Your vagina can feel looser, softer, and more open as well as looking bruised or swollen.
Solution: Vaginal tightening
Even the pelvic floor exercises can help you, however you might not get the exact results you want if aiming for a tighter vagina. During childbirth, the muscles of the vagina stretch and expand to accommodate the baby’s passage through the birth canal. In many cases, this stretching is temporary and corrects itself as the swelling and trauma to the area heal, making vaginoplasty largely unnecessary. However, in some situations, especially where there is tearing of the vaginal entrance or other complications, the muscles may be damaged enough to require surgical intervention to counter the laxity of the area and help tighten up the vaginal walls. Surgical vaginoplasty tightens the vagina as well as preserves its elasticity and helps to restore your vagina.
Issue 2: Dryness in the vagina
It is just as normal to have dryness in your vagina after childbirth. This is because certain hormones, such as estrogen, are present in your body when you are pregnant. After childbirth, the estrogen level decreases significantly, which can lead to dryness in your vagina. At the same time, estrogen levels may remain low during breastfeeding. It is quite possible to pass dryness after the breastfeeding period.
Using lube can help relieve discomfort during sex, but—let’s be clear—it is not just during sex that vaginal dryness can feel incredibly uncomfortable. If you are dealing with intense, painful postpartum vaginal dryness, ask your doctor about vaginal lubricants or moisturisers made specifically to address this issue.
Issue 3: Soreness
Your perineum is the area between your vagina and anus. Though it is not specifically a part of your vagina, it can also tear during vaginal delivery. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, this usually improves within 6 to 12 weeks after the birth. Your perineum can feel sore, especially if your skin tore or you needed stitches to repair a tear or episiotomy after giving birth.
Solution: Genital hygiene
First of all, in some cases, some painkillers can help but talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you buy any over-the-counter painkillers if you are breastfeeding. It is important to keep the perineal area clean, so always wash your hands before and after changing your sanitary pads, and make sure you change them as soon as you need to. Have a bath or shower every day to keep your perineum clean. You can also consider genital rejuvenation after some time, which helps to eliminate the dryness.
Issue 4: The color or the appearance of your vulva might change
It is pretty common to see pigment changes on the vulva. Not necessarily inside the vagina, specifically on the labia and the perineum. In general women with lighter skin tones tend to notice pigment changes the most. Pregnancy causes a rise in estrogen and progesterone, which in turn causes an increased blood flow. That increased blood flow can cause the labia to darken and even cause a slight change in shape. The coloring and shape may return to their original appearance when your hormones and blood flow level out after birth, but the change may also be permanent.
Solution: Genital rejuvenation and whitening
Genital rejuvenation falls into that category with promises of tightening, refreshing, and revitalisation of the skin as well as whitening the skin darkness, and more… Genital rejuvenation involves multiple injections. The injections are a mixture of compounds such as homeopathic agents, amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, kojic acid, retinoic acid, collagen, and other bioactive substances in particular doses. I know many women complain about a perceived loss of genital tone and elasticity and genital color variations. So with this, you can restore your vagina after birth as well as experiencing a radiant, rested, glowing, firmer and younger vagina.
Issue 5: Weaker orgasms
First of all, I should mention that the average postpartum sex time can be up to 6 weeks. When you have sex after a long time, it is also possible to experience weaker orgasms. That same weakened pelvic floor that is causing leakage is also responsible for weaker orgasms. But all hope is not lost! Here, again, Kegels may help you strengthen your pelvic floor and, over time, some of that intensity. But there is also one more thing that you might want to consider…
Solution: O-Shot (orgasm shot for woman)
An O-Shot promises to be a non-surgical way to increase sexual arousal and rejuvenate the vagina. The procedure is plasma treatment targeting inside the vagina and around the clitoris. Plasma includes growth factors that trigger new tissue growth at the genital organs. Therefore growth factors and nutrients lead to increased collagen production, cell regeneration, and blood flow. Also, nerve regeneration reverses the lost sensitivity back. As a result, composite tissue regeneration makes your vagina younger.
Everyone deserves to feel attractive and desirable. The vagina, as the epicenter of femininity and female sexuality, can be a very sensitive topic for many women, especially if they feel their vaginas are not sufficiently “sexy” on their own merits. Most women without vaginal tearing tend to feel some mild to not-so-mild vaginal discomfort for about three to five weeks (though it can vary widely depending on the person).
While some of these changes can be frustrating to experience, try to remember that they do not mean anything is wrong with you, just that your vagina went through a completely natural change after doing something pretty incredible. And no matter what, know that you should not be embarrassed to bring any of this up with your doctor. I would be beyond happy to help you figure out a fix for something that is bothering you if possible.