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Can you tighten your vagina? We’ll let this gynaecologist answer that for you

Published on:6 August 2020, 13:56pm IST
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While the loosening of the vagina is linked to many myths, none of them make far too much sense. Loosening of the vagina is not something that happens overnight but when it happens, it is very natural. And with a loose vagina comes the pertinent question: can you tighten your vagina? 

But before we get to that, let’s break some myths shall we? 

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1. Your vagina gets loose because of having a lot of sex
Many people believe that a lot of sex can ‘loosen’ your vagina, but this is not the truth. The vaginal muscles are very elastic. It retains its normal shape and size after sex without losing its elasticity, no matter how much sex you have had.

Also, read: Solving the age-old mystery: Can you actually regain your virginity?

2. Too many sexual partners equals a loose vagina
This is actually very negative to assume. A loose vagina is nowhere associated with having multiple sexual partners and is completely a myth. As stated above, your vagina is very elastic. It relaxes only when you are aroused and contracts back to its shape after that.

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Don’t misunderstand your vagina. Rather, understand what’s normal and what’s not.GIF courtesy: Giphy

These are the real reasons why your vagina can get loose
Yes, there are certain reasons but it is definitely not connected to sex. A few of the most common reasons can be:

  • Natural childbirth: During normal delivery, the muscles around the vagina go through a lot of trauma which weakens them. Hence, it gets loose.
  • Loss of oestrogen: Whether because of ageing or health issues, a drop in estrogen levels makes the vaginal tissue thinner, dryer, and less stretchy.

It is not necessary to tighten your vagina if you’re not having any issues. But, many women feel it is important either because of urinary incontinence which is the involuntary leakage of urine or sexual pleasure.

Turns out, you can do exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles
These are the core muscles that provide support to your bladder and uterus. To know how one can tighten the vagina, we reached out to Dr. Madhu Goel, associate director, obstetrics and gynaecology at Fortis LaFemme, New Delhi.

Dr. Goel suggested that to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, kegel exercises are the best. It improves the elasticity of the vagina and urinal control.

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Anyone can do Kegel exercises. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here’s how you can do kegel exercise at home:
The basic guide to making kegel exercises a part of your routine is here:

  • You can either lie down on your back or sit cross-legged on the floor
  • Start with squeezing in your pelvis, vagina and anus as hard as you can
  • Hold this for four to five seconds. Then, relax slowly
  • You can repeat this 5 to 10 times in a row

Dr. Goel recommends doing kegel exercises pre and post pregnancy to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. “The results of this exercise can be extremely effective over time,” concludes Dr. Goel.

So, ladies, there’s the answer you’ve been looking for!

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.